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Revision Of The Liverwort Radula Buccinifera Complex
2013-10-31 11:05:43

Pensoft Publishers The supposedly widespread and variable Australasian liverwort species Radula buccinifera is nothing of the kind. The species was described in 1844, and reported for New Zealand in 1855. It has gone on to be the most commonly collected species in both countries, yet it doesn't even occur in New Zealand, according to results of research led by Dr Matt Renner at Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust. Molecular and morphological evidence show that what was thought to...

2012-01-04 09:09:20

The first electronically described liverwort species comes from New Zealand The open-access journal PhytoKeys — known for applying cutting edge technologies in publishing and dissemination to accelerate biodiversity research — is pioneering an electronic-only publishing workflow in a series of papers published over the course of the first week of January 2012. As of the 1st of January 2012, extensive new changes took effect to the way plant scientists name new plants, algae,...

2009-03-10 08:15:39

 As the first plant life to emerge from the water and develop on dry earth, bryophytes offer a unique opportunity for researchers to understand the development of protections against ultraviolet radiation. The three varieties of bryophites (liverworts, hornworts, and mosses) have long been utilized as indicators of the health of local environments, but with the recent effects of climate change and the depleting ozone layer, these plants present an important measure in their ability to...

2008-10-21 15:00:11

The 149-year-old Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, one of the world's largest botanical collections, has received its 6 millionth herbarium specimen. A herbarium is essentially a "library" of plant specimens. The garden's herbarium includes about 5.5 million vascular plants -- flowering plants, ferns and conifers -- and 500,000 bryophytes, mosses, liverworts and hornworts. "The importance of these 'libraries' of plants cannot be overstated," said the garden's vice president of...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.