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News from Correspondents



Atwood, John T. (Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, Florida 34236-7726 USA) has completed work with Dora Emilia Mora de Retana on the Oncidiinae of Costa Rica and has also analyzed collections of Oncidium from Colombia.

Averyanov , Leonid V. (Herbarium, Komarov Botanical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, prof. Popov str., 2, St.-Petersburg, 197376, Russia) is presently studying the highland flora of south Vietnam (USA National Geographic Society Grant, February 1999-December 1999), the limestone flora of Cao Bang province of north Vietnam (USA National Geographic Society Grant, October 1998-September 1999), and Orchids for Red Book of St.-Petersburg area. He has just completed work on a grant from Russian Foundation for Fundamental Sciences to prepare an orchid flora of Russia.

Beckner, John(Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, Florida 34236-7726 USA) is currently engaged on a project dealing with Oncidium in Colombia in association with Dr. Mariano Ospina.

Bennett, David E., Jr. (Francisco Tudela Varela 229, Miraflores, Lima 18, Peru) is preparing an updated listing of Stenia species and illustrations. He is also assisting in the establishment of an orchid herbarium, lath house, and greenhouse to allow the illustration and cultivation of species from northern Peru. He will soon make a field trip to northern Peru with botanists from the University of Antenor Orrego at Trujillo.

Dalstrom, Stig (Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, Florida 34236-7726 USA) has descriptions of three new species of Odontoglossum and a revision of Solenidiopsis in press. He has completed a treatment of Odontoglossum for the Catalogue of Vascular Plants of Ecuador and is preparing an illustrated treatment of the same genus for Flora of Ecuador. He recently spoke on the genus Odontoglossum at the 16th World Orchid Conference.

Davies, Kevin L. (335 NW 79th Street, Seattle, Washington 98117-4016 USA) requests manuscripts and illustrations (preferably line drawings) treating taxonomy, culture, and hybridization of the tribe Maxillarieae for the quarterly journal Maxillarieae.

Davies, Kevin L.('Briardale', Church Road, Ystalyfera, Swansea SA9 2DA, UK) has completed his survey of foliar anatomy in Maxillaria. He is continuing his low-vacuum SEM studies of Maxillaria labella and also his TEM and ontogenetic studies of pseudopollen in Maxillaria. He would welcome any surplus plants of Maxillaria and Ornithidium.

Goldman, Doug (Department of Botany, University of Texas, Austin, Texas 78713-7640 USA) is finishing his Ph.D. on the systematics of Calopogon and the Arethuseae. He used sequences of the chloroplast genes matK and rbcL to evaluate tribe Arethuseae and also nuclear ITS sequences, chloroplast RFLP data, AFLPs, chromosome numbers, in situ hybridization, and morphology to evaluate Calopogon, placing special emphasis on C. oklahomensis, which is polyploid and of hybrid origin. He donated most of his living Calopogon collection to Kew, New York Botanical Garden, Missouri Botanical Garden, Atlanta Botanic Garden, and Bok Tower Gardens, while many other plants were returned to the wild.

Li, Heng (Kunming Institute of Botany, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hei Longtan, Kunming, Yunnan 650204, P. R. China) has completed a checklist of the orchids in the Gaoligong Mountains and is preparing a floristic study of Yunnan orchids.

Lipscomb, Barney (Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 509 Pecan Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102-4060, USA) announces the publication of Shinners and Mahler's Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas, which illustrates and describes the eight orchid genera (20 taxa) of the region. Orders may be placed by writing to the address above (tel. 817-332-4441; fax 817-332-4112).

Marques, Maria Isabel (Parque Natural da Madeira, Caminho do Mero, 9050 Funchal-Madeira, Portugal) recently completed her Ph.D. thesis on the impact vesicular-arbuscular (VA) mycelia on VA-impatible plants. Among other projects she is studying seed germination parameters of the orchids of Madeira (with Francisco Fernandes).

Mercade, Jose Santalana (Rius I Taulet, 25, col. no. 20023, Sant Cugat de Valles, 08190 Barcelona, Spain) has completed work on micropropagating Phalaenopsis from flower-stalk nodes and is now undertaking studies in seed germination of Cypripedium. He needs seed of Cypripedium species and can offer seed of Mediterranean orchids.

(Department of Ornamentals, Research Centre Aarslev, Kirstinebjergvej 10, DK-5792 Aarslev, Denmark) is preparing studies of: 1) phenology of root growth and mycorrhiza in a set of North American terrestrial orchids with different life forms; 2) endophytes, in collaboration with Bruce Caldwell, Tim Daniells, and Dennis Whigham; 3) seedlings of Apostasia wallichii, in collaboration with Finn N. Rasmussen and Bo Johansen; and 4) ultrastructure of infected orchid seedlings, with Bo Johansen.

Ravelomanana, Didier (Departement de Biologie et Ecologie Vegetales, Faculte des Sciences, B.P. 906, 101 Antananarivo, Madagascar) is working on in vitro propagation of orchids as a way of conserving the biodiversity of Madagascar.

Rawat, Gopal S. (Wildlife Institute of India, P. B. 18, Chandrabani, Dehra Dun, India) is currently investigating the conservation status of high-elevation forests in Bhagirathi Valley, Garhwal Himalaya, and would like to carry out status surveys of threatened orchids and other plants in "hot spots" of biodiversity of India.

Tokuhara, Ken (Dogashima Orchid Center, 2848-1 Nishina, Nishiizu-cho, Kamogun, Shizuoka 410-3514, Japan) has recently finished a publication on somaclonal variations in flower and inflorescence axes of plants propagated by culture of flower stalk buds of Phalaenopsis and Doritaenopsis.

Stancato, Giulio Cesare (Instituto de Botanica, Secao de Orquidario, Caixa Postal 4005, CEP 01061-970, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil) has recently completed his doctorate at the State University of Campinas in Brazil with a study of carbon assimilation and partitioning by Cattleya forbesii ´ Laelia tenebrosa, influenced by light and water deficit. He will continue to study the influence of environmental abiotic factors on the flowering and growth of some Brazilian native orchids.

Teissier, Marc (Jardin Botanique 'Les Cedres', 57 Av. Denis Semeria, F-06230 St. Jean Cap. Ferrat, France) is studying Malagasy orchids and is willing to name species of Eulophia, Oeceoclades, and Graphorkis.

Vij, Suraj Parkash(Department of Botany, Panjab University, Chandigarh - 160 014, India) has recently completed a study of distribution frequency and habitat preferences of terrestrial orchids. He is currently focusing on 1) the conservation and commercialization of Himalayan plant genetic diversity through biotechnological means, 2) an in vitro study of regeneration-related morphogenetic changes in orchids, and 3) in vitro chromosomal dynamism in orchids. For the future he plans to prepare an enumeration and evaluation of North-west Himalayan orchids, with a trip to the Shimla and Dharamasala Hills there. He has just returned from the Kumaon Hills of Central Himalayas. For his research he would be happy to receive material of Cypripedium and Paphiopedilum and can offer material several Indian species.


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20 January, 1998.
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