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Re: Neil Carroll's last IAS Newsletter

  • Subject: Re: Neil Carroll's last IAS Newsletter
  • From: "Ron Iles" <roniles@eircom.net>
  • Date: Fri, 18 May 2001 09:39:37 -0500 (CDT)

Dear Mr. Leedy,

Thank you for the extended help.  I have only five nesletters from 1997.  It
would be good to have a panoramic view.  Since incoming material so far is
like hens teeth, re-printing might help rejuvenate things!  It is fortunate
that they AREN'T on the wen in that case but WHERE do I get copies of 20-30
year old NEWSpapers?  PLEASE.  I will use your ideas thanks as part of my
proposed survey soon.

Best Wishes


----- Original Message -----
From: "D.J. Leedy" <djleedy@netex.quik.com>
To: "Multiple recipients of list AROID-L" <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2001 5:42 AM
Subject: Re: Neil Carroll's last IAS Newsletter

| Although Aroidl is wonderful, I think there is still need for a
| Not everyone is comfortable with a computer or wants to spend a lot of
| looking at the CRT.  There are some basics that could be covered in a
| newsletter much better than in Aroidl.  However, once covered in the
| newsletter, these could become the subjects of comments and contrary ideas
| expressed on Aroidl.  While some of these may be appropriate for
| usual horticultural pieces in this journal are based upon someone's
| experience trying to do something and not instructive "how tos," as might
| found in the newsletter.  The newsletter is often the only contact with
| fellow aroid enthusiasts and, if not on Aroidl or within driving distance
| the monthly meeting in Miami, a place to get ideas and compare notes.
| I edited the newsletter for a while in the late 1970's or early 1980's.  I
| tried to include one or more major topics, any correspondence, anything
| noteworthy happening in the Aroid World (i.e. the anthurium hybridization
| programs in Hawaii or the A. titanium meristem experiments at the
| in Frankfurt), if these were not to be covered in Aroideana, a list of
| publications and how to get them, and a schedule of major horticultural
| botany events around the world. .  I actually plagiarized many articles
| other publications as well as from the newsletter of the Australian Aroid
| Society written by David Burnett and, after 20 some odd years of
| newsletters, it would probably be OK to go back and rewrite articles that
| have appeared before.
| Below, I have listed some major topics, that might be more appropriate for
| newsletter than for either Aroidl or Aroideana:
| 1. Types of fungus, which cause rot in aroids and remedies.
| 2. Fertilizers and plant foods for aroids.
| 3. How to get rid of insects and other monsters in aroids.
| 4. Temperature and humidity requirements for aroids.  How to create these
| artificially.
| 5. Building a "dream" greenhouse for aroids.
| 6. Types of potting mixtures used for aroids.
| 7. Cross pollination and hybridization aroids.
| 8. Vegetative propagation of aroids.
| 9. Lighting requirements for aroids.
| 10. Harvesting and planting aroid seed.
| 11. What makes an aroid species a species instead of a natural variation
| a natural hybrid?
| 12. Use of Latin names for aroids?  Does anyone remember my poem of "How I
| Hate the Ates?"  (ovate, lanceolate, hastate, undulate, peltate etc.)
| 13. What makes an aroid genus a genus and why is an inter-generic aroid
| hybrid impossible, or is it (in layman's terms)?
| 14. Separate articles on each of the aroid genera done in layman's terms
| much as possible) listing the keys and the known species.
| 15. The aroid floral structure and the functions of the various parts.  To
| this day I remember Craig Phillip's explanation of the holes in the leaf
| a monstera - "to beat the insects to it."
| 16. Differences in symbiotic, epiphytic, and parasitic relationships and
| where do aroids fit in this scheme?
| 17. Plant containers, totems, baskets, etc. and their relative merit for
| growing aroids.
| 18. How to ship aroid cuttings, seeds, and bulbs.  What are the
| requirements?
| 19. Review of aroid displays in public arboretums, tropical gardens, and
| glass houses.
| 20. Review of aroid displays in private collections.
| 21. Descriptions of trips to collect aroids in their natural habitat, if
| covered in Aroideana.  In their unnatural habitats (i.e. the Asian markets
| in London) if legal.
| 22. Description of Retail and Mail Order places where aroids can be
| (feature a different place each issue).
| ----- Original Message -----
| From: Peter Boyce <boyce@pothos.demon.co.uk>
| To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
| Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2001 10:17 AM
| Subject: Re: Neil Carroll's last IAS Newsletter
| > Betsy
| >
| > Your email rather gives the impression that you think Aroideana is
| a
| > vox pop. for the few 'scientists' who happen to belong to the IAS and
| > the Newsletter is the for the real hard-core aroid folks who 'love their
| > plants' but whose writings and views are only worth putting into an
| > ephemeral publication. I think that does these folks a grave injustice.
| >
| > The fact of the matter is that if all Aroideana is viewed as is a
| scientific
| > journal that, like so many others, is flicked through once and then
| > consigned to a shelf then there is something seriously wrong with the
| > Journal. Check out 'Palms' (aka Principes), no less scientific and
| > than Aroideana but with a good selection of 'amateur'; stuff, and ask
| > yourself if that's not where Aroideana should be aiming.
| >
| > Pete
| >
| >

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