Category Archives: Articles of interest

Call for papers: Smoke ecology/technology

Some of you may know that one of my (Marnie Light’s) favourite topics of research is related to the effects of plant-derived smoke on seed germination. In November last year, I attended a ‘special session’ on smoke ecology at the 6th International Fire Ecology & Management Congress organised by the Association for Fire Ecology (AFE). The special session was hosted by Dr Mary Lata, who arranged the programme for the special session. It was fantastic to have an entire session dedicated to this topic, and a great opportunity for me to meet Prof. Jon Keeley (USA) and Prof. Mark Ooi (Australia), as well as several other researchers in the field.

Following some discussion with the organisers and the Editor-in-Chief of the South African Journal of Botany, it was decided to run a special issue on ‘Smoke Ecology and Applications of Plant-Derived Smoke‘ in the journal. The aim of this is to highlight some of the research presented at the AFE congress, as well as to publish articles on related topics.

We are inviting anyone who has carried out research relating to the effects of plant-derived smoke on seed germination or plant growth (smoke ecology/technology) to submit their manuscripts for inclusion in this special issue.

For more information, please click SAJB Special issue – Smoke Ecology (Flyer) for a copy of the ‘flyer’, and SAJB Special Issue – Smoke Ecology (Detailed call for papers) for more detail on the requirements and how to submit your article. Please contact the guest editors of this special issue should you have any queries.


Maximising seed resources for restoration

Here’s another interesting article that was published at the end of 2015:

Maximizing seed resources for restoration in an uncertain future
Linda M. Broadhurst, Thomas A. Jones, Forrest S. Smith, Tom North, Lydia Guja

This is a nice article that discusses the need to “develop a range of flexible strategies” in order to meet the growing demand for seed-based plant restoration projects.

Understanding ‘germination rate’

At the end of November 2015, the following article was published in the Australian Journal of Botany. A worthwhile read, the article discusses some problems with using mean time to germination (MGT) for comparing pairs or groups of means to evaluate seed vigour since MGT is an ‘index of germination speed’. Rather, the authors suggest using t50 (time to 50% germination). For more detailed information, get your own copy by clicking on the title link below! This is definitely a useful article for seed scientists, and also contains severalĀ  references to other papers discussing germination measurements.

Problems with using mean germination time to calculate rate of seed germination
Elias Soltani, Farshid Ghaderi-Far, Carol C. Baskin, Jerry M. Baskin
Australian Journal of Botany

Fascinating Friday…

Something that I’ve been wanting to do for some time now, is to start sharing some of the interesting ‘seed biology’ journal articles that I come across from time to time. You may already be aware of these articles (via your own TOC alerts, or other searches), but nonetheless, I think it may be useful to highlight some of these on our blog! I hope they are of some interest!

New insights into how seeds are made
Paolo A. Sabelli, Brian A. Larkins
Frontiers in Plant Science

Genome-wide association mapping unravels the genetic control of seed germination and vigor in Brassica napus
Sarah V. Hatzig, Matthias Frisch, Frank Breuer, Nathalie Nesi, Sylvie Ducournau, Marie-Helene Wagner, Gunhild Leckband, Amine Abbadi, Rod J. Snowdon
Frontiers in Plant Science