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Phytoliths of Dutch forests, wetlands and cultivated lands

de Wolf, I. K., McMichael, C. N., Philip, A. L., & Gosling, W. D., 2022. Characterising Dutch forests, wetlands and cultivated lands on the basis of phytolith assemblages. Netherlands Journal of Geosciences, 101, e17. doi:10.1017/njg.2022.14 This paper analyses the phytolith assemblages of soil samples from three major vegetation types in the Netherlands to provide reference […]

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Phytoliths of Dutch forests, wetlands and cultivated lands

de Wolf, I. K., McMichael, C. N., Philip, A. L., & Gosling, W. D., 2022. Characterising Dutch forests, wetlands and cultivated lands on the basis of phytolith assemblages. Netherlands Journal of Geosciences, 101, e17. doi:10.1017/njg.2022.14 We have characterized phytolith assemblages for soil samples from three major vegetation types in the Netherlands to provide reference data […]

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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. https://doi.org/10.1086/712357 (in press)   We analyzed published and unpublished data about silicophytolith […]

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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. https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.16677 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: http://doi.org/10.5334/joad.67 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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Silicification of Root Tissues

  • January 31, 2020
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Lux, A., Lukačová, Z., Vaculík, M., Švubová, R., Kohanová, J., Soukup, M., Martinka, M., Bokor, B., 2020. Silicification of Root Tissues. Plants 9, 111. https://doi.org/10.3390/plants9010111 Silicon is taken up in the form of silicic acid by roots, where the silica is deposited or translocated to the above-ground tissues. Shoots – stems, leaves, flower and fruit […]

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Phytoliths encapsulate As, Cu, Mn, and Zn heavy metals!

  • January 16, 2020
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Delplace, G., Schreck, E., Pokrovsky, O. S., Zouiten, C., Blondet, I., Darrozes, J., & Viers, J. (2019). Accumulation of heavy metals in phytoliths from reeds growing on mining environments in Southern Europe. Science of The Total Environment, 135595. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969719355901   Silicon role in various reactions in the Critical Zone has been studied for a long […]

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The new code for phytolith nomenclature, version 2.0 IS NOW published!

  • September 26, 2019
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The International Committee for Phytolith Taxonomy has worked hard !… The new international code for phytolith nomenclature is now available. We encourage all phytolith researchers to use it from now on! Thank you! Download the paper with its supplementary material can be downloaded for free on the Annals of Botany website

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Springs, palm groves, and the record of early hominins in Africa

  • May 6, 2019
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Barboni, D., Ashley, G.M., Bourel, B., Arraiz, H., Mazur, J.-C., 2019. Springs, palm groves, and the record of early hominins in Africa. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 266, 23–41. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.revpalbo.2019.03.004   In this paper we explore the importance of groundwater-fed micro-habitats in Eastern Africa and provide new pollen and phytolith data to evaluate how […]

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Small-scale spatial resolution of the soil phytolith record in a rainforest and a dry forest in Costa Rica

  • May 6, 2019
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Crifò, C. and Strömberg, C.A., 2019. Small-scale spatial resolution of the soil phytolith record in a Neotropical rainforest and a dry forest in Costa Rica: applications to the deep-time fossil phytolith record. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2019.03.008 Our objective was to define guidelines for the collection of soil samples to conduct phytolith modern analogue studies […]

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