Plant Biosystems (PLANT BIOSYST )

Publisher: Società botanica italiana, Taylor & Francis


An international journal dealing with all aspects of plant biology. Formerly "Giornale Botanico Italiano" Official Journal of the Società Botanica Italiana. Plant Biosystems is the research journal edited by the Società Botanica Italiana. Published three times a year, the journal is open to papers dealing with all aspects of plant biology, systematics, and ecology. Research studies containing novel and significant findings, from the molecular level to ecosystems and from micro-organisms to flowering plants, are welcome. Plant Biosystems succeeded "Giornale Botanico Italiano", the historical journal of the Societa' Botanica Italiana, from the year 1997. Plant Biosystems has been conceived in consideration of the recent progress in botanical research. An editorial board divided into 9 main sections has been devised to ensure that all the main trends of contemporary plant science are represented. Manuscripts are classified as Full Paper, Rapid Report or Short Communication. A Rapid Report is intended for publication, in a concise form, of new and relevant findings. The classification as Rapid Report is determined by the Editor. A Short Communication (no more than two printed pages) is for a concise but independent report. It is not intended for publication of preliminary results. Review articles are also published, but only upon invitation by the Editor. An international panel of highly qualified referees warrants the highest scientific standard.

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    ABSTRACT: Riparian corridors are among the most sensitive ecosystems in the Mediterranean as they are significantly altered by human interventions. In this study, we explored the composition patterns of the aquatic vegetation in 17 rivers of Cyprus. Hierarchical clustering and Detrended Correspondence Analysis were conducted in order to distinguish plant community types among the river sites. The permanent flow sites (R�M4) were divided into three types and characterized mostly by the presence of Brachythecium rivulare, Nasturtium officinale, Veronica anagallis-aquatica, and Lemanea sp. The temporary flow sites (R�M5) presented higher heterogeneity and species richness. In temporary rivers three community types were also identified. Both diversity indices and compositional variation differed among the community types. Canonical Correspondence Analysis was performed between the aquatic vegetation patterns and the environmental attributes. The results revealed that human influence is the most important descriptor of the aquatic vegetation in both permanent and intermittent rivers. Activities that are connected with disturbance of the water flow (water abstraction, dam influence, stream hydrology) appeared to play a key role in determining the aquatic plant communities. Overall, the results of this study can provide useful information towards the development of an effective management plan for the river basins of Cyprus.
    Plant Biosystems 01/2015;
  • Plant Biosystems 12/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: New data on the distribution, biology, intra- and inter-population variability and conservation state of Sicilian populations of Anacolia webbii are provided. Two new localities are reported, so that total five fragmented populations occur in the island, all of them in a rather small area in the western part of the province of Palermo. They live on wet limestone or sandstone cliffs with base at 900–1200m a.s.l. and N, N-NE aspect, within communities of Aceri campestris-Querco-ilicis sigmetum. The plants are particularly vigorous, but some data suggest a condition of vulnerability of the populations. In fact, in addition to specificity to a rare habitat on the island, a morphometric and allozyme analysis showed a very low genetic and morphological diversity. One population (Costa Lunga), showing small morphological differences with respect to the other populations, diverges from this pattern, showing the highest mean number of alleles per locus (1.5), the highest polymorphism (50%) and intra-population diversity (H ¼ 0.249). In one of the larger populations (Mount Kumeta), moreover, a remarkable presence of sterile plants, a paucity of male plants as well as a low production of sporophytes and a high rate of aborted archegonia have been recorded.
    Plant Biosystems 09/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: The bryophyte flora of the region of Liguria is highlighted a comparison with data available for other Italian regions. Comparisons were made in terms of biogeographical coherence, floristic similarity, and the number of scientific studies for each region. The aim was to provide a provisional evaluation based on bibliographic data, but with useful insights for an objective assessment of the state of knowledge and for the continuation of the study of hornworts, liverworts and mosses in the Liguria.
    Plant Biosystems 09/2014; 148(4).
  • D. Reedy, V. Savo, W. McClatchey
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    ABSTRACT: Climate change is projected to have severe changes in the Mediterranean area, however, few studies have investigated environmental resource managers’ perceptions and adaptations to climatic change in the area. Our research investigates the use of orchardists' observations for bioindicating climate variations and of their experience for defining possible coping and adaptation strategies. Interviews were conducted with orchardists cultivating apple orchards for at least 30 years in the Campania region (southern Italy) to obtain observations on climate, which were then compared with climate data analyses. Orchardists reported a more unpredictable seasonality and shifting climate conditions, perceived as beginning 20–30 years ago. Climate data analysis seems to corroborate orchardists' perceptions. Traditional Ecological Knowledge specifically addressed to climate and weather is here defined as Traditional Climatic Knowledge (TCK). TCK is a key factor in environmental management.
    Plant Biosystems 07/2014; 148(4).
  • M. Puglisi, H. Kürschner, M. Privitera
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    ABSTRACT: This study focuses on Solorino saccatae–Distichietum capillacei, a terri-saxicolous bryophyte association belonging to the alliance Distichion capillacei of the class Ctenidietea mollusci. With this research, we extend the Mediterranean distribution area including eastern Sicily, southern Italy, Albania and Macedonia. The results of the research demonstrate that this association is linked to natural, lasting and conservative habitat of which it can be considered a good bioindicator. This is revealed by the bryovegetational analysis, based on biological and ecological parameters (life form, life strategy and hemerobic gradient), which can be interpreted to provide useful information about the environmental quality.
    Plant Biosystems 07/2014; 148(4).
  • M. Puglisi, M. Aleffi, A. Cogoni, M. Privitera
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    ABSTRACT: The occurrence on the Pollino massif (southern Italy) of several remarkable mosses, which are rare or very rare in Italy, is reported. They are Orthotrichum acuminatum H. Philib., Distichium inclinatum (Hedw.) Bruch & Schimp. and Grimmia longirostris Hook., new to the southern part of the Italian peninsula, and Schistidium dupretii (Thér.) W.A. Weber, new to South Italy. Moreover, Orthotrichum cupulatum Hoffm. ex Brid. var. fuscum (Venturi) Boulay, a very rare taxon in Europe and up to now considered vanished in Italy, is rediscovered in Italy after about one century from its single previous report.
    Plant Biosystems 07/2014; 148(4).
  • T. Nikolić, B. Mitić, M. Ruščić, B. Milašinović
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    ABSTRACT: The Balkan Peninsula is recognized as an important centre of plant diversity. Despite the fact that Croatia contains more than 50% of all Balkan species of vascular flora, the knowledge of the spatial distribution, α-diversity and relation to the conservation efforts have never been summarized and presented. A spatial analysis was performed on several data-sets containing a number of records and a number of species per grid cell. Results show that the Croatian flora consists of 4507 species and 1159 subspecies. The residuals around the linear regression used as a measure of the species richness indicate that Croatia had the highest residual value among the 40 European countries sampled and highest stress on the biodiversity value of the Apennine, the Iberian and the Balkan peninsulas. On the basis of half a million findings and their spatial distributions, we observed that within one grid cell (35 km2) 542 species could be expected. A number of records based on the herbarium specimens, literature and field observation and related spatial distribution were discussed. The spatial distribution of α-diversity indicates that the national hot spots were more consistent with the important plant areas network than with the network of officially protected areas.
    Plant Biosystems 07/2014; 148(4).
  • A. SŁomka, E. Wolny, E. Kuta
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    ABSTRACT: Viola tricolor is a pseudometallophyte covering heavy-metal-polluted and non-polluted areas. The species is a member of the evolutionarily young sect. Melanium of Viola. In this study, we sought to determine whether the karyotype of V. tricolor is stable with respect to chromosome structure or is altered depending on environmental conditions (heavy-metal-polluted vs. non-polluted areas). We established the karyotypes of plant material originating from a Zakopane meadow (non-metallicolous population) and from the Bukowno mine waste heap (metallicolous population), showing evident interpopulation differentiation in chromosome type (2M+20 m+2sm+2st vs. 18 m+8sm), in the number, size, and distribution of rDNA loci (25S and 5S), and also in chromosome mutations, mainly fission of chromosomes into acentric fragments and translocation of the fragments. Variable numbers of both 25S and 5S rDNA loci were distributed at different positions of the chromosomes and not on specific pairs of chromosomes. The results clearly indicate that the karyotype of V. tricolor results from the unstable genetic structure of the species. This character, typical for relatively young evolutionary groups, proves its membership to the Melanium section considered to be young within the genus Viola.
    Plant Biosystems 07/2014; 148(4).
  • S. Suresh, J.-W. Chung, G.-T. Cho, J.-S. Sung, J.-H. Park, J.-G. Gwag, H.-J. Baek
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    ABSTRACT: We assessed the molecular genetic diversity and population structure of Amaranthus species accessions using 11 simple sequence repeat markers. A total of 122 alleles were detected, and the number of alleles per marker (N A) ranged from 6 to 21 with an average of 11.1 alleles. The frequency of major alleles per locus ranged from 0.148 to 0.695, with an average value of 0.496 per marker. The overall polymorphic information content values were 0.436–0.898, with an average value of 0.657. The observed heterozygosity (H O) and expected heterozygosity (H E) ranged from 0.056 to 0.876 and from 0.480 to 0.907, with average values of 0.287 and 0.698, respectively. The average H O (0.240) was lower than the H E and gene flow (Nm), and showed substantial genetic variability among all populations of amaranth accessions. The sample groupings did not strictly follow the geographic affiliations of the accessions. A similar pattern was obtained using model-based structure analysis without grouping by species type. Knowledge of the genetic diversity and population structure of amaranth can be used to select representative genotypes and manage Amaranthus germplasm breeding programs.
    Plant Biosystems 07/2014; 148(4).