Phytoliths in the Flora of Ecuador Project: updates!

The Phytoliths in the Flora of Ecuador project was undertaken by Deborah M. Pearsall and colleagues from 1997 to 2008, with periodic work through 2012, to establish diagnostic phytolith types and phytolith vegetation signatures to enhance archaeological and paleoenvironmental phytolith applications in coastal and Amazonian Ecuador. Research was conducted in Ecuador and at the University […]

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CALL FOR PAPERS on plant silicon and phytoliths

The journal Plants will dedicate a special issue to Silicon in the soil-plant continuum. This special issue will cover a broad range of themes revolving around silicon’s roles in plant nutrition, biology and ecology and in soil chemistry and biogeochemistry. Authors are invited to contribute to this special issue and to share the call with […]

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How are systematics and biological and ecological features related to silica content in plants? A study of species from southern South America

Honaine, M.F., Benvenuto, M.L., Montti, L., Natal, M., Borrelli, N.L., Alvarez, M.F., Altamirano, S.M., Rito, M.D., Osterrieth, M.L., 2020. How are systematics and biological and ecological features related to silica content in plants?: a study in species from the Southern of South America. (in press)   We analyzed published and unpublished data about silicophytolith […]

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12th International Meeting for Phytolith Research

  • November 27, 2020
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The 12th IMPR will be a FULLY ONLINE CONFERENCE accessible to all IPS members, September 8 –11, 2021.  Exceptionally this time, the conference will be carried out in the frame of the 27th annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA). Important To submit an abstract within IMPR-sessions, you have to be a member of […]

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3D shape analysis of grass silica short cell phytoliths

Gallaher, T.J., Akbar, S.Z., Klahs, P.C., Marvet, C.R., Senske, A.M., Clark, L.G., Strömberg, C.A.E., 2020. 3D shape analysis of grass silica short cell phytoliths: a new method for fossil classification and analysis of shape evolution. New Phytologist 228, 376–392. It has long been recognized that the three-dimensional (3D) morphology of grass silica short cell […]

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Assessment of Open Science Practises in Phytolith Research shows we could do better!

Karoune, E., 2020. Data from “Assessing Open Science Practices in Phytolith Research”. Journal of Open Archaeology Data, 8(1), p.6. DOI: This recently released data paper, and soon to be published research article (find the pre-print here), highlights a need for us as a community to move towards more open ways of working. The dataset was compiled […]

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BLOCKY phytoliths with bordered pits in Picea abies

  Thank you Zsuzsa for this post on remarkable phytoliths!     Silica reliefs of the bordered pits in Gymnosperms A cubic-like BLOCKY phytolith morphotype and its anatomical position were described in Norway spruce (Picea abies [L.] H.Karst) needles that are characteristic. These phytoliths are located in the transfusion tissue. They form a specific phytolith […]

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12th International Meeting on Phytolith Research (UPDATES)

News ! The 12th IMPR and EAA conference will be ONLINE conferences due to the covid pandemic Deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to February 26 🙂   Important The 12th IMPR will take place (virtually) in Kiel (Germany) on September 8 –11, 2021. Exceptionally this time, the conference will be carried out in the […]

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