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The scent of Linnaea

Photo by Gunnar Stenhagen We analysed the scent of Linnea borealis by gas chromatography – mass spectrometry (GC-MS) of adsorbed headspace samples (NJB-01732). The aim of the study is five-fold. 1. To describe the odour bouquet of L. borealis and compare it from separate...

New insights into the evolution of the fig

The fig family (Moraceae) has fascinated botanists for generations. The family shows an extraordinary diversity in flower form and mode of pollination. We recently examined the reproductive biology of two highly unusual and poorly known relatives of the fig: Dorstenia...

Biodiversity of pollen in indoor air samples can be revealed by DNA metabarcoding

By: Helena Korpelainen (author) Nordic Journal of Botany: doi: 10.1111/njb.01623 Pollen can enter buildings through open windows and doors, and people track pollen indoors on their clothes and hair as well. Pollen of most plant species has some level of allergenicity but some...

Book Review of Ascomycota Syllabus of Plant Families 1/2

Ascomycota 1/2 Syllabus of Plant families (2016) Wolfgang Frey (Editor) Review by Trond Schumacher, University of Oslo While fungi are no longer part of the Plant Kingdom, they were formally included within the classic ‘Syllabus der Pflanzenfamilien’ which comprised families of...

Kuepferia species in Himalaya

Two new varieties of Kuepferia pringlei (Gentianaceae) from SikkimHimalaya Nordic Journal of Botany: doi: 10.1111/njb.01201 By: Dr. D. Maity, author The Sikkim area Sikkim is the “Botanists’ Paradise” due to its great floristic diversity as comprehensively highlighted long ago...