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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.

Fascination of Plants Day: 18 May 2015

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On 18th May 2015 the 3rd International “Fascination of Plants Day” will be celebrated worldwide. It was established in 2012 and is launched under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO). The goal of this day is to cultivate a fascination for the many ways plants sustain the environment and to highlight the importance of plant science for agriculture, in sustainably producing food, as well as for horticulture, forestry, and other non-food products such as paper, timber, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and energy.

As seeds scientists we have the opportunity of really experiencing the fascination of plants! Let’s share this fascination with those around us!

For more information click here.

It’s all happening in Salt Lake City, USA!

In 2010, I was very privileged to attend the IUFRO World Congress in Seoul, Korea. It was my first opportunity to attend such an enormous conference, with over 2500 delegates from around 90 countries – and what a fantastic experience it was! This year, a few of my South African colleagues have travelled across the Atlantic Ocean to attend the IUFRO 2014 World Congress in Salt Lake City, USA, and I am sure it will be another outstanding event (you can follow the current updates on the Congress here)! We would love to get some feedback on the Congress to put on this blog, so if you, or a colleague, have been fortunate enough to attend the IUFRO World Congress this year, then we’d love to hear from you!

You may be wondering… what events are happening in the world of ‘seed science’ in the near future?

Well, we are very excited about the upcoming International Society for Seed Science (ISSS) Seed Longevity Workshop which will be held in Wernigerode, Germany, from 5-8 July 2015. This promises to be a very interesting workshop with a great selection of keynote speakers that have been confirmed. The topic of the conference is “Seeds for future generations – Determinants of longevity”. For more information, click here.

And… we are also in the process of planning a small conference for 2015… so, ‘watch this space’ for more information!