The PHYlogeny Inference Package, PHYLIP, written by Joe Felsenstein (University of Washington) has reached the milestone of being 30 years old. Almost every recent volume of Annals of Botany has papers using this program for analysis of data, among the 32,000 papers that cite it published since 1980. There are few software packages that have [...]
Archive for November, 2010
Scientific American reports that some plants are flowering later on the Tibetan plateau. . A rise in temperature between 1.2 and 1.4 °C has shortened the growing season by three to four weeks. The paper is published in PNAS as an Open Access article.
A blog and manuscript in “Serials Review” discuss the versatility and coverage of Google Scholar. It’s now my first search point – fast access to the original manuscripts (Pubmed, in particular, note!), short excerpt, versatile ‘advanced search’ doing what is expected, useful citation count to judge importance. And now the coverage (including paper repositories) is [...]
Patterns of resource allocation in a dioecious species Resource allocation between vegetative and reproductive growth will vary over time, and dioecious species may also adopt different strategies for allocation between male and female plants. Sanchez Vilas and Pannell show that males and females of the annual Mercurialis annua differ in temporal patterns of resource allocation [...]
The social web isn’t just limited to blogs, Facebook and Twitter. Slideshare is a great place to look for presentations on all sorts of things. I’ve been particularly impressed by this presentation about how to give a PowerPoint presentation. STEAL THIS PRESENTATION! View more presentations from @JESSEDEE.
Methods for analysing the response of vegetation to land use The assessment of ecological gradients and functional composition of plant communities will affect subsequent predictions as to how those communities will react to disturbances. Focusing on leaf dry matter content (LDMC), Duru et al. compare methods for assessing the impact of different disturbances and nutrient [...]
Plant anatomist and developmental biologist Elizabeth Cutter died in October 2010. She published seminal experimental work on pteridophyte development and on organogenesis (including 11 papers in Annals of Botany), and is well known for her important textbook, “Plant Anatomy: Experiment and Interpretation”. Obituary at: the Guardian