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Book review on "Danmarks Havalge" 1 and 2

By Stein Fredriksen, University of Oslo, Norway Marine benthic algae, or seaweeds, have received increased attention during the last years, in particular those species that are used for cultivation. Their use can be anything from food items to additives in cosmetics. The recent...

TWO NEW INTERMEDIATE SPECIES BETWEEN SORBUS AUCUPARIA, ROWAN AND S. HYBRIDA ON GOTLAND

TWO NEW INTERMEDIATE SPECIES BETWEEN SORBUS AUCUPARIA, ROWAN AND S. HYBRIDA ON GOTLAND By Joel Levin, Michael F. Fay, Jaume Pellicer and Mikael Hedrén (authors) During the last ice age, the Baltic Sea basin was covered by the thick Weichselian ice sheet, which finally melted...

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...