ISSN 1188-603X

No. 242 March 4, 2000 Victoria, B.C.
Dr. A. Ceska, P.O.Box 8546, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3S2

DORIS LOVE (1918-2000)

Doris Love, born in Kristianstad, Sweden, January 2, 1918, passed away February 25, 2000. She was preceded in death by her husband, Askell in 1994. Dr. Love grew up in Sweden and met her husband Askell at the University of Lund while they both studied botany and plant genetics under Dr. Arne Muntzing. Her doctoral work was on the sexuality of Melandrium. They both earned their Ph.D.'s and Doctor of Science degrees and for many years collaborated on research and books that even now are regarded as groundbreaking in their fields.

After completing their degrees they moved to Iceland, where Askell taught at the University of Iceland, and they both did research. In 1951 the family moved to Winnipeg, where they both taught at the University of Manitoba while still continuing their scientific research. In 1955 they moved to Montreal, teaching at the University of Montreal. Students came from all over the world to study with them, both for doctoral degrees and post-doctoral studies. Many of these students have gone on to successful careers in their own rights. While in Montreal they organized a conference on North Atlantic Biota and Its History, which promoted the theory of continental drift and its effect upon the biogeography of the North Atlantic region, a revolutionary idea at the time. The conference was held in Iceland and funded by NATO.

In 1964 they moved to Boulder to teach at the University of Colorado. Due to university policies, Doris could not be hired with her husband although she continued to collaborate with him. She started a second career as a translator for several agencies in Boulder. She spent two summers in Ljubljana, Slovenia, working with Askell on a computer-generated chromosome list of the flora of Slovenia. In 1974 her husband was forced from his position as a full professor at the University, and they relocated to San Jose, California, to be closer to their family.

Doris once again took up her new career, translating from about twelve different languages in the Silicon Valley area through an agency and on her own. Among others, she translated two books by N. I. Vavilov, a scientist who was imprisoned by Stalin for his scientific principles, and for this she received a medal from the Vavilov Society. She continued to work until failing eyesight prevented it.

Doris wrote many papers jointly with Askell, and her own bibliography contains 52 titles. The last big works she published were translations from the Russian of two of Vavilov's books: "Origin and Geography of Cultivated Plants" in 1973, and "Five Continents" in 1997.

She kept in touch with her old students and was always willing to welcome them to her home. She will be much missed by all who knew and loved her. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name to Habitat for Humanity would be appreciated.

[This obituary was written by Doris Love's daughter Loa Kaersvang with a few additions by Bill Weber. Dr. Weber is preparing Doris Love's bibliography and obituary for Taxon. His article on Askell Love with Askell Love's bibliography appeared in Acta Botanica Islandica 12(1995):3-34. See BEN # 139 from June 22, 1996. - AC]


From: Trevor Goward []

A four-day Field Workshop on the ECOLOGY OF FORAGE LICHENS in the ESSF (Engelmann spruce-subalpine fir) Biogeoclimatic Zone

Instructor: Trevor Goward
Host: Wells Gray Backcountry Chalets
Place: Fight Lake Chalet (1900m, ESSF parkland)
Transportation: by helicopter from the Wells Gray Ranch, 28 km north of Clearwater
Dates: 20-23 March 2000
Enrollment: Limited to 11 participants (two spaces remaining!)
Cost: $520.00 CAN

This field workshop is open to caribou biologists, ecosystem specialists, forest industry representatives, resource managers, and other interested persons. Participants will be introduced to the taxonomy and field ecology of Bryoria and other arboreal forage lichens used by mountain caribou. Alternative strategies for the management of caribou winter habitat in ESSF ecosystems will be discussed, and simple techniques for assessing hair lichen abundance will be presented.

To register, contact Trevor Goward at 250-674-2553 or Registration is confirmed upon receipt of fees in full.

Make cheques payable to: Wells Gray Chalets (Note: cheques only!) Send cheques to: Wells Gray Chalets, Box 188, Clearwater, B.C. V0E 1N0 Deadline for receipt of fees: 9 March 2000

For more information, call Trevor Goward at 250-674-2553.


From: Adolf Ceska []
Small, E. & P.M. Catling. 1999.
Canadian medicinal crops. NRC Press, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. 240 p. ISBN 0-660-17534-7 [softcover] Price: $29.95 (CDN$ + 7% GST in Canada, US$ outside)
Ordering + information:
Monograph Orders, NRC Research-Press, M-55, National
Research Council Canada, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Canada
Phone: 613-990-2254 Fax: 613-952-7656
Web URL:
In the U.S.A. distributed by:
Accents Publications Service, Inc., #203 721 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910-4436 USA
Tel.: 301-588-5496 Fax 301-588-5249

The core of this publication is a set of 25 chapters on medicinal plants that are either used, or have the potential to be, commercially profitable, such as ginseng, echinacea, Pacific yew, cascara, etc. Each chapter covers all botanical, biochemical, medicinal and ethnobotanical aspects of the treated species or in some chapters, a group of species. Each chapter gives a large number of references and in addition, a long list of web sites. Each chapter is illustrated with a 19th century painting, one or more line drawings and a distribution map. General chapters that form about one third of the book deal with medicinal cautions of using herbal medicines, business aspects of medicinal plants, regional review of medicinal plants in Canada, and include a list of Canadian medical plant experts, a glossary of medicinal terms, general references and additional useful web sites.

This book is the third in a series of books on Canadian economical plants published by the NRC Press. Those include "Culinary herbs" (see BEN # 180) and "Vegetables of Canada" (BEN # 183). "Medicinal plants" is the best of this series. The information is well presented and the writing does not suffer from "form writing" that is obvious especially in the "Vegetables of Canada." The book is well produced and the price is reasonable. I was irritated that the authors used the masculine gender for Rhamnus and claimed that this was in accordance with the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature, when the ICBN actually dictates the use of feminine gender for Rhamnus (Art. 62, Ex 1): "... Rhamnus L. is feminine, despite the fact that Linnaeus assigned it masculine gender." Hence Rhamnus purshiana - and NOT "purshianus" - is correct.

The French Edition entitled "Les cultures medicinales canadiennes" will be available in early March. Also, the electronic edition of both language versions should be available in pdf and HTML formats in March. With the wealth of web sites cited here it will facilitate exciting internet browsing, but I believe that the electronic version cannot replace the "hard copy" book.

Authors and the publisher should be congratulated for a job well done!


The book, The American Cockerell: A Naturalist's Life, 1866-1948, is out, but the addreess of the shipper is different.

Orders should go to University Press of Colorado, C/O Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 4100 28th Ave. NW, Norman OK 73069-8218. Phone 800-627-8218; FAX 800-735-0476.

Pieced together from T.D.A.'s little-known autobiographical writings, Dr. W. A. Weber's book "The American Cockerell" demonstrates this extraordinary individual's breadth of interest, competence, and talent. It will be of interest to scientists and lay readers alike. Most of the papers originally were written for young students and the public; his insights into the future problems facing education especially in America were prophetic.


From: Evelyn Hamilton []

The Biodiversity Publications Catalogue is a report that describe over 500 brochures, short summaries, books, and in-depth reports that provide essential information on how to conserve biodiversity in British Columbia. It provides a one stop spot that brings together a wealth of written material.

Publications listed include the colourful series on Ecosystems of B.C., Plants of Southern Interior B.C. and Backyard Biodiversity designed for public interest groups, school teachers and students interested in learning more about their local environment. Some publications, such as Rare Vascular Plants of B.C. provide in-depth information for interested lay people and professionals who want to be identify species at risk. Other publications are technical documents essential for professionals to inventory BC biodiversity and assess the impacts of forest, wildlife, and range management practices. These include Lichens of British Columbia and Conservation Biology Principles for Forested Landscapes.

The 1997 Biodiversity Publications Catalogue can be viewed at The 1999 Supplement lists publications produced after 1997 and is at Some of the publications can be viewed, downloaded, and printed at no cost from the web site.

You can order the Catalogues and many biodiversity publications listed in them through the Queen's Printer's website or phone 800-663-6105. Other reports listed in the Catalogues can be ordered from Crown Publications: or phone 250-386-4636

For more information contact Evelyn Hamilton at 250-387-3650 or via e-mail at . Visit the Ministry of Forests Research Branch web site

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