Autumn meeting 1952: Leeds

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26 September 1952 - 28 September 1952

Meeting report

At the end of September a week-end meeting was held at the University, Leeds organized locally by Miss L. I. Scott. On the Friday evening (26 September) exhibition of bryological work in progress by various members was held in one of the laboratories, and to these features many living examples of thalloid hepati were added from the Botany Department’s conservatory. The Secretary brought the album of photographs of members past and present that were collected by Mr Thompson when he was Secretary. Further additions to this record of our members would be welcomed. Four papers were read and discussed during the two sessions on the Saturday: Dr C. H. Gimingham and Miss E. M. Burnett on ‘Investigation of correlations between growth form and habitat in mosses’, Prof. A. R. Gemmell on ‘Regeneration in Atrichum undulatum’, Dr P. Greig-Smith on ‘Taxonomy of British species of Lejeunea’, and Prof. I. Manton (in whose Department we were comfortably housed) on ‘The Spermatozoid of Sphagnum and other Bryophytes’, illustrated by slides from photographs taken by an electron microscope, which some of us were privileged to see afterwards. The Sunday excursion to the Strid above Bolton Abbey was much enjoyed for the fine autumn tints as well as the interesting calcicolous flora on the rocks and banks of the Wharfe. Nearly thirty members at friends, some from the British Ecological Society, which was invited, attended the meeting.