Wednesday, 22 April 2015

New Journal of Botany: April issue gone to press

The April issue of New Journal of Botany has gone to press and should be available on-line and posted to members before the end of the month, but I thought you might like a sneak preview. You may want to set aside a few hours to read this new issue, because it features seven papers as well as four Book Reviews and eight pages of Plant Records


Fruits of two Geum parents and a hybrid
Image: M. Wilcox
There is also a brand new cover for 2015, curated by Claudia Ferguson-Smyth, whose own wild flower images have graced previous NJB covers. This time round, Claudia has chosen prize-winning images from a selection submitted to the recent BSBI photographic competition

It's so tempting to "leak" one of the images here - three of them are very vibrant, a departure from the cool colours Claudia used on 2014's cover - but I think that would spoil the surprise. So you'll just have to wait a few more days!


SEMs of a familiar Carex sp. Read NJB 5.1 to find out which
Image: Proctor & Bradshaw
As for contents, we have a paper by Keith Kirby, who was a co-author (with Rob Marrs et al.) on one of the most frequently downloaded NJB papers 'Native dominants in British woodland'. Keith's new paper is about vegetation changes in clear fells and closed-canopy stands in an English woodland over a 30 year period. There is also a paper by Mike Wilcox describing a new Geum hybrid from England, and the fourth in our series of scanning electron micrographs of leaves of British Carex species. 

I could go on, but I think you'd rather have some nice surprises to look forward to when you open your copy of NJB 5.1. Not too much longer to wait!