A newsletter to promote communication among research scientists concerned with the systematics of the Leguminosae/Fabaceae
Number 49February 2002
From the Editor
The Bean Bag is designed to promote communication among research scientists concerned with legume systematics. To achieve this goal The Bean Bag is issued annually. As of this volume, The Bean Bag will be issued in February each year. The change of month (from November) will allow for a more appropriate timing of certain regular announcements (e.g. The Rupert Barneby Award) and will avoid postal difficulties commonly associated with the Christmas period. The Bean Bag features six columns:
Data in the Gleanings column are derived from questionnaire sheets which Readers complete and return.
The Recent Legume Literature column contains published research papers of specific interest to Bean Bag Readers and is derived from Readers contributions in conjunction with references from The Kew Record of Taxonomic Literature. Recent is defined as up to 18 months old. Specific interest to Bean Bag Readers is defined as research papers of interest to a worldwide group of legume systematic botanists.
Bean Bag Readers are encouraged to send notices, observations, etc. In particular in this issue, information is solicited concerning any aspect of nodulation (see the contribution from Janet Sprent under News). Also included is an inventory of legume taxa as yet unsampled for molecular phylogenetic studies (see the contribution from Gwilym Lewis and Brian Schrire under News). Furthermore a list of legume genera whose response to rhizobia is unknown is included with the intention of encouraging their exploration (see the contribution from Harold Corby and Joe Kirkbride under Nodulation and Nitrogen Fixation).
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Mrs B. Mackinder, Bean Bag Editor, Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB, United Kingdom