BEN # 242

Adolf Ceska aceska at victoria.tc.ca
Sat Mar 4 04:43:35 EST 2000


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No. 242                              March 4, 2000

aceska at victoria.tc.ca                Victoria, B.C.
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 Dr. A. Ceska, P.O.Box 8546, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3S2
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                     DORIS LOVE (1918-2000)

Doris  Love,  born  in  Kristianstad,  Sweden,  January 2, 1918,
passed away February 25, 2000. She was preceded in death by  her
husband,  Askell in 1994. Dr. Love grew up in Sweden and met her
husband Askell at the University of Lund while they both studied
botany and plant genetics under Dr. Arne Muntzing. Her  doctoral
work  was on the sexuality of Melandrium. They both earned their
Ph.D.'s and Doctor of Science degrees and for  many  years  col-
laborated  on  research  and books that even now are regarded as
groundbreaking in their fields.

After completing their degrees  they  moved  to  Iceland,  where
Askell  taught  at  the University of Iceland, and they both did
research. In 1951 the family moved to Winnipeg, where they  both
taught  at  the  University  of  Manitoba while still continuing
their scientific research.  In  1955  they  moved  to  Montreal,
teaching  at  the University of Montreal. Students came from all
over the world to study with them, both for doctoral degrees and
post-doctoral studies. Many of these students have  gone  on  to
successful  careers  in their own rights. While in Montreal they
organized a conference on North Atlantic Biota and Its  History,
which  promoted  the  theory of continental drift and its effect
upon the biogeography of the North Atlantic  region,  a  revolu-
tionary idea at the time. The conference was held in Iceland and
funded by NATO.

In  1964  they  moved  to  Boulder to teach at the University of
Colorado. Due to university policies, Doris could not  be  hired
with her husband although she continued to collaborate with him.
She started a second career as a translator for several agencies
in  Boulder. She spent two summers in Ljubljana, Slovenia, work-
ing with Askell on a computer-generated chromosome list  of  the
flora  of  Slovenia.  In  1974  her  husband was forced from his
position as a full professor at the University, and  they  relo-
cated to San Jose, California, to be closer to their family.

Doris  once again took up her new career, translating from about
twelve different languages in the Silicon Valley area through an
agency and on her own. Among others, she translated two books by
N. I. Vavilov, a scientist who was imprisoned by Stalin for  his
scientific  principles,  and  for this she received a medal from
the  Vavilov  Society.  She  continued  to  work  until  failing
eyesight prevented it.

Doris  wrote many papers jointly with Askell, and her own bibli-
ography contains 52 titles. The last  big  works  she  published
were  translations  from  the Russian of two of Vavilov's books:
"Origin and Geography of Cultivated Plants" in 1973,  and  "Five
Continents" in 1997.

She  kept  in touch with her old students and was always willing
to welcome them to her home. She will be much missed by all  who
knew and loved her. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name to
Habitat for Humanity would be appreciated.

[This   obituary  was  written  by  Doris  Love's  daughter  Loa
Kaersvang with a few additions  by  Bill  Weber.  Dr.  Weber  is
preparing  Doris Love's bibliography and obituary for Taxon. His
article on Askell Love with Askell Love's bibliography  appeared
in  Acta  Botanica  Islandica  12(1995):3-34. See BEN # 139 from
June 22, 1996. - AC]


BRYORIA WORKSHOP - WELLS GRAY - BRITISH COLUMBIA - MARCH 2000
From: Trevor Goward <tgoward at mail.wellsgray.net>

A four-day Field Workshop on the ECOLOGY OF  FORAGE  LICHENS  in
   the ESSF (Engelmann spruce-subalpine fir) Biogeoclimatic Zone

Instructor: Trevor Goward
Host: Wells Gray Backcountry Chalets
Place: Fight Lake Chalet (1900m, ESSF parkland)
Transportation:  by  helicopter from the Wells Gray Ranch, 28 km
   north of Clearwater
Dates: 20-23 March 2000
Enrollment: Limited to 11 participants (two spaces remaining!)
Cost: $520.00 CAN
 -  includes helicopter fees, chalet  rental,  tranceivers,  and
       all taxes,
 -  does not include food, skis, ski boots, ski poles, etc.

This  field  workshop  is  open to caribou biologists, ecosystem
specialists, forest industry representatives, resource managers,
and other interested persons. Participants will be introduced to
the taxonomy and field ecology of  Bryoria  and  other  arboreal
forage  lichens used by mountain caribou. Alternative strategies
for the management of caribou winter habitat in ESSF  ecosystems
will  be  discussed,  and  simple  techniques for assessing hair
lichen abundance will be presented.

To  register,  contact  Trevor   Goward   at   250-674-2553   or
tgoward at wellsgray.net. Registration is confirmed upon receipt of
fees in full.

Make  cheques  payable  to:  Wells  Gray  Chalets (Note: cheques
   only!)
Send cheques to: 
Wells Gray Chalets, Box 188,  Clearwater,  B.C. V0E 1N0 
Deadline for receipt of fees: 9 March 2000

For more information, call Trevor Goward at 250-674-2553.


NEW BOOK: CANADIAN MEDICINAL CROPS
From: Adolf Ceska <aceska at victoria.tc.ca>

Small,  E.  &  P.M. Catling. 1999. Canadian medicinal crops. NRC
   Press, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. 240 p. ISBN  0-660-17534-7
   [softcover] 
   Price: $29.95 (CDN$ + 7% GST in Canada, US$ outside)

   Ordering + information:
   Monograph Orders, NRC Research-Press, M-55, National
   Research Council Canada, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Canada
   Phone: 613-990-2254  Fax: 613-952-7656
   E-mail: research.journals at nrc.ca
   Web URL: http://www.nrc.ca/cisti/journals/mgraphs.html

   In the U.S.A. distributed by:
   Accents Publications Service, Inc., #203 721 Ellsworth Drive
   Silver Spring, MD  20910-4436 USA
   Tel.: 301-588-5496  Fax 301-588-5249
   e-mail: accents at access.digex.com

The  core  of  this  publication  is  a  set  of  25 chapters on
medicinal plants that are either used, or have the potential  to
be, commercially profitable, such as ginseng, echinacea, Pacific
yew,  cascara, etc. Each chapter covers all botanical, biochemi-
cal, medicinal and ethnobotanical aspects of the treated species
or in some chapters, a group of species. Each  chapter  gives  a
large  number  of references and in addition, a long list of web
sites. Each chapter is illustrated with a 19th century painting,
one or more line drawings and a distribution map. General  chap-
ters  that  form about one third of the book deal with medicinal
cautions  of  using  herbal  medicines,  business   aspects   of
medicinal plants, regional review of medicinal plants in Canada,
and include a list of Canadian medical plant experts, a glossary
of medicinal terms, general references and additional useful web
sites.

This book is the third in a series of books on Canadian economi-
cal  plants  published by the NRC Press. Those include "Culinary
herbs" (see BEN # 180) and "Vegetables of Canada" (BEN  #  183).
"Medicinal  plants"  is the best of this series. The information
is well presented and the writing does  not  suffer  from  "form
writing"  that  is  obvious  especially  in  the  "Vegetables of
Canada." The book is well produced and the price is  reasonable.
I  was  irritated that the authors used the masculine gender for
Rhamnus and claimed that this was in accordance with the  Inter-
national  Code of Botanical Nomenclature, when the ICBN actually
dictates the use of feminine gender for Rhamnus (Art. 62, Ex 1):
"... Rhamnus L. is feminine,  despite  the  fact  that  Linnaeus
assigned it masculine gender." Hence Rhamnus purshiana - and NOT
"purshianus" - is correct.

The   French   Edition   entitled   "Les   cultures  medicinales
canadiennes"  will  be  available  in  early  March.  Also,  the
electronic edition of both language versions should be available
in  pdf  and HTML formats in March. With the wealth of web sites
cited here it will facilitate exciting internet browsing, but  I
believe  that  the  electronic  version cannot replace the "hard
copy" book.

Authors and the publisher should be congratulated for a job well
done!


NEW BOOK: BIOGRAPHY OF THE AMERICAN COCKERELL [cf. BEN # 231]

The book, The American Cockerell:  A  Naturalist's  Life,  1866-
1948, is out, but the addreess of the shipper is different.

Orders should go to University Press of Colorado, C/O  Univ.  of
Oklahoma  Press,  4100 28th Ave. NW, Norman OK 73069-8218. Phone
800-627-8218; FAX 800-735-0476.

Pieced  together  from  T.D.A.'s  little-known  autobiographical
writings,  Dr.  W.  A.  Weber's  book  "The  American Cockerell"
demonstrates this extraordinary individual's breadth  of  inter-
est,  competence,  and  talent. It will be of interest to scien-
tists and lay readers alike. Most of the papers originally  were
written for young students and the public; his insights into the
future  problems  facing  education  especially  in America were
prophetic.


BRITISH COLUMBIA BIODIVERSITY PUBLICATIONS
From: Evelyn Hamilton <Evelyn.Hamilton at gems8.gov.bc.ca>

The  Biodiversity  Publications  Catalogue  is  a  report   that
describe  over  500  brochures,  short summaries, books, and in-
depth reports that  provide  essential  information  on  how  to
conserve  biodiversity  in  British  Columbia. It provides a one
stop spot that brings together a wealth of written material.

Publications listed include the colourful series  on  Ecosystems
of B.C., Plants of Southern Interior B.C. and Backyard Biodiver-
sity  designed  for  public interest groups, school teachers and
students interested in learning more about their local  environ-
ment.  Some  publications,  such as Rare Vascular Plants of B.C.
provide in-depth  information  for  interested  lay  people  and
professionals  who  want  to  be identify species at risk. Other
publications are technical documents essential for professionals
to inventory BC biodiversity and assess the impacts  of  forest,
wildlife,  and range management practices. These include Lichens
of British Columbia  and  Conservation  Biology  Principles  for
Forested Landscapes.

The  1997  Biodiversity  Publications Catalogue can be viewed at
http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfd/pubs/docs/mr/mr086.htm.  The   1999
Supplement  lists  publications  produced  after  1997 and is at
http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfd/pubs/docs/mr/mr086r1.htm.   Some of
the publications can be viewed, downloaded, and  printed  at  no
cost from the web site.

You  can order the Catalogues and many biodiversity publications
listed  in  them   through   the   Queen's   Printer's   website
http://www.publications.gov.bc.ca  or  phone 800-663-6105. Other
reports listed in the  Catalogues  can  be  ordered  from  Crown
Publications: http://www.crownpub.bc.ca  or phone 250-386-4636

For  more information contact Evelyn Hamilton at 250-387-3650 or
via e-mail at Evelyn.Hamilton at gems8.gov.bc.ca .
Visit the Ministry of Forests Research Branch web site
http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/research

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