Guest Blog Post: Researchers split the birdcatcher trees (genus Pisonia) into three

  • Pensoft Editorial Team
  • Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment
  • July 7, 2020
  • Guest blog post by Marcos Caraballo The birdcatcher trees – genus Pisonia – are infamous for trapping birds with their super-sticky seed pods that would frequently entangle the body of the ‘victim’. Left flightless, the poor feathered creatures eventually die either from starvation or fatigue, or predators. Similarly notorious are the birdcatcher trees for botanists, […]

    Plant Sociology renewed: Does an open access society journal about vegetation still make sense in 2020?

  • Pensoft Editorial Team
  • Tagged , , , , , , , , Leave a comment
  • In a new editorial, Plant Sociology’s Editor-in-Chief Daniela Gigante and Co-editors Gianni Bacchetta, Simonetta Bagella and Daniele Viciani reflect on the current position and outlook of the official journal of the Italian Society of Vegetation Science (Società Italiana di Scienza della Vegetazione or SISV), now that it has completed its first issue since transitioning to […]

    Italian Society of Vegetation Science signs with Pensoft to publish its journal on ARPHA

  • Pensoft Editorial Team
  • Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment
  • April 14, 2020
  • The first 2020 papers of the open-access, peer-reviewed international journal Plant Sociology are now available on the journal’s new, user-friendly and visually appealing website Having succeeded the historical journals of the Italian Society of Vegetation Science (Società Italiana di Scienza della Vegetazione): Fitosociologia (1990-2011) and Notiziario della Societa Italiana di Fitosociologia (1964-1989), the open-access, peer-reviewed international journal Plant […]

    “Oldest bamboo” fossil from Eocene Patagonia turns out to be a conifer

  • Pensoft Editorial Team
  • Tagged , , , , , Leave a comment
  • February 4, 2020
  • A recent examination revealed that Chusquea oxyphylla, a fossilised leafy branch from the early Eocene in Patagonia, which has been widely cited as the oldest bamboo fossil and as evidence for a Gondwanan origin of bamboos is actually a conifer. The results of the finding are published in the open-access journal Phytokeys.

    Plant diversity and endemism in China: unreachable locations and diverse microclimates

  • Pensoft Editorial Team
  • Tagged , , , , , , , Leave a comment
  • August 29, 2019
  • A new issue of the scholarly, open-access and peer-reviewed journal PhytoKeys focuses on the Chinese biodiversity hotspots and their substantial role in understanding the country’s unique flora. The special issue embarks on a treasure hunt into China’s biodiversity hotspots, including the descriptions of 23 species previously unknown to science and new insights into the ecological […]

    Scientists challenge notion of binary sexuality with naming of new plant species

  • Pensoft Editorial Team
  • Tagged , , , , , , , Leave a comment
  • June 19, 2019
  • A collaborative team of scientists from the US and Australia has named a new plant species from the remote Outback. Bucknell University biology postdoctoral fellow Angela McDonnell and professor Chris Martine led the description of the plant that had confounded field biologists for decades because of the unusual fluidity of its flower form. The discovery, published in […]

    New perennial brome-grass from the Iberian Peninsula named after Picos de Europa National Park

  • Iliyana Kuzmova
  • Tagged , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment
  • April 24, 2019
  • Picos de Europa National Park has given its name to a new species of perennial bromegrass, discovered in Spain. Bromus picoeuropeanus belongs to a rather underrepresented on the Iberian Peninsula perennial group within the grass genus Bromus, with the new species being just the fourth of all recognised wild species living in the Iberian territory. […]

    Described 28 years post-collection, new grass species makes a strong case for conservation

  • Pensoft Editorial Team
  • Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment
  • July 6, 2018
  • Originally collected 28 years ago in Ecuador, new species Poa laegaardiana has been just described, only to find out its prospects for surviving in its type location seem bleak nowadays. The study was published in the open access journal PhytoKeys. When roaming in the Cordillera de los Andes of Ecuador, near the village of Facundo Vela, little did Smithsonian scientist and author, […]

    First-ever fern checklist for Togo to help decision makers in the face of threats to biodiversity

  • Pensoft Editorial Team
  • Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment
  • June 22, 2018
  • Ferns and their allied species, which together comprise the pteridophytes, are vascular non-flowering plants that reproduce via spores. Many of their species are admired for their aesthetics. However, despite being excellent bioindicators that allow for scientists and decision-makers to monitor the state of ecosystems in the face of climate change and global biodiversity crisis, these […]

    Audit finds biodiversity data aggregators ‘lose and confuse’ data

  • Pensoft Editorial Team
  • Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment
  • April 23, 2018
  • In an effort to improve the quality of biodiversity records, the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) use automated data processing to check individual data items. The records are provided to the ALA and GBIF by museums, herbaria and other biodiversity data sources. However, an independent analysis of such records reports that ALA […]