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News from Correspondents

Averyanov, Leonid V. (Herbarium, Komarov Botanical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Prof. Popov str., 2, St. Petersburg, 197376, Russia) is currently involved in exploration of the highland flora of south Vietnam, funded by the American Orchid Society and National Geographic Society. Part of his focus has been endangered Vietnamese paphiopedilums. He is willing to name orchids from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.

Bock, Irene (Dr.-Hoefling-Weg 2, D-34311 Naumberg 1, Germany) is now investigating the systematics of Rodriguezia and Phymatidium and would appreciate living material of species of the latter.

Cameron, Kenneth M. (Guildford College, 5800 West Friendly Avenue, Greensboro, North Carolina 27410, USA) completed his Ph.D. last May from the University of North Carolina and is now serving as Assistant Professor at Guildford College. He received the George R. Cooley Award for his paper given at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists in 1996: "Systematic investigations of the vanilloid orchids: evidence from DNA sequences, anatomy, and morphology." At the same meetings he also received the Katherine Esau Award from the Botanical Society of America for his contributed paper “Foliar architecture of the reticulate-veined vanilloid orchids." He continues anatomical and molecular systematic research on the vanilloid orchid group and would welcome any material or information on the biology of the more obscure “saprophytic" members of the group.

Cheng, Shi Jun (P. O. Box 1041, Macau -- via Hong Kong) has completed a study on micropropagation of the endangered Phaius hainanensis and offers seedlings to interested parties. A reasonable fee to cover labour, postage and handling costs will be charged. Specific information on charges will be given on request.

Cilento, Paola (School of Biology, University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk, UK) has begun her thesis on symbiotic germination of seeds of endangered orchids.

Clayton, Dudley A. (30, Orchard Close, Alresford, Hants SO25 9PY, UK), a new subscriber, is continuing his review of Coelogyne, with 60 species and a few hybrids in cultivation.

Cox, Tony (Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DS, UK) has completed a phylogenetic study of Cypripedioideae using nuclear ribosomal DNA sequences (with Alec Pridgeon, Victor Albert, and Mark Chase) and collaborated on a similar study of subtribe Orchidinae. He has also completed a study (with Danielle Abdelnour, Michael Bennett, and Ilia Leitch) correlating genome size and karyotype evolution in the slipper orchids, accepted for publication in the American Journal of Botany and presented at the 1997 meetings of the Society of Systematic Biologists in Boulder, Colorado.

Deng, Shiyu (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria 3168, Australia) is now working with Neil D. Hallam on the vegetative biology of Cymbidium canaliculatum.

Gregg, Alan (Swansea Botanical Gardens, Singleton Park, Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK) has recently conducted a short study trip to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and a site in southern Belize. He requests plants of Clowesia species for the Swansea Botanical Gardens collection and can provide a list of SBG orchid holdings (approximately 500 species) to anyone needing leaves or flowers for research.

Gregg, Katharine B. (Department of Biology, West Virginia Wesleyan College, 59 College Avenue, Buskhannon, West Virginia, USA) is preparing manuscripts on population studies of Cypripedium reginae and Cleistes and also conducting molecular studies of five populations of Cleistes in West Virginia.

Johnson, Andres Eduardo (Apartado Postal No. 4, 3370 Puerto Iguazu, Prov. de Misiones, Argentina) has spent the last five years surveying the orchids in Iguazu National Park and one month surveying the orchids in an unexplored sector of Glaciers National Park (Patagonia). He is now preparing a field guide to the orchids of Iguazu National Park and will soon begin an eight-year project to survey the orchids in Calilegua and Baritu National Parks (mainly cloud forests in northwest Argentina).

Kurzweil, Hubert (Compton Herbarium, National Botanical Institute, Claremont 7735, South Africa) has recently completed description of a new Disa species (with B. Liltved and P. Linder) and a phylogenetic analysis of Satyrium with P. Linder. He is now working diligently on the orchids of southern Africa, a semi-scientific orchid flora, with P. Linder and also a treatment of Orchidaceae for the Cape Catalogue, edited by P. Goldblatt and J. Manning.

Manning, Edward Stephen (Steve) (Estover, 25A, Forest Road, Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 0HX, UK) now holds the National Collection of Pleurothallidinae (UK) with over 700 species in 22 genera and is willing to offer divisions of plants. He is continuing his biographical work on Florence Woolward and historical research on masdevallias.

Mikolas, Vlastimil (Botanical Garden-Herbarium, 23, Manes Str., SK-043 52 Kosice, Slovakia) has completed studies on the hybridization, sociology, and protection of Dactylorhiza sambucina and Gymnadenia odoratissima. His manuscript "Ecocoenotic relations of Orchis morio L. at Kavecany near Kosice" is now in press in J. Vlcko (ed.), Zbornik Europske vstavacovite (Orchidaceae) - vyskum a ochrana," Zvolen. He continues his work on taxonomy of Dactylorhiza, Epipactis, Orchis, and Cypripedium as well as on the demography of some orchids of eastern Slovakia.

Ormerod, Paul (P. O. Box 8210, Cairns 4870, Queensland, Australia) has recently completed a review of Coelogyne sect. Proliferae for the Australian Orchid Review. He is currently working on a checklist of the orchids of Burma, Cephalanthropsis, Phaius sect. Pesomeria, Diplocaulobium, and subtribe Goodyerinae.

Pridgeon, Alec M. (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB, UK) has completed a phylogenetic study of subtribe Orchidinae (ITS ribosomal DNA) with R. M. Bateman, A. V. Cox, J. R. Hapeman, and Mark W. Chase, published in Lindleyana 12(2) and presented recently at the 1997 meetings of the Society of Systematic Biologists in Colorado. Nomenclatural changes resulting from the study are now in press. With a grant from the American Orchid Society and in collaboration with Carlyle A. Luer, he and Mark Chase are now in the midst of a phylogenetic study of subtribe Pleurothallidinae using both nuclear and chloroplast sequences.

Scott, Helen S. (CBO Porton, Building 107, Porton Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 0JQ, UK) has started Ph.D. work on Anacamptis pyramidalis and its mycorrhizal associations, conducting in situ seed germination and creating plots with various chalk grassland management treatments.

Zettler, Lawrence W. (Department of Biology, Illinois College, 1101 West College Avenue, Jacksonville, Illinois 62650-2299, USA) is now attempting in vitro germination of seeds of Epidendrum conopseum, Platanthera integra, and P. leucophaea using symbiotic fungi with the help of two students.

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Last Updated September 3, 1998.
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