Pisum Genetics Association Notes
Pisum Genetics Association (PGA) is a non-profit, unincorporated
organization established to foster genetic study of the pea, to
facilitate the exchange of information and to ensure preservation of
valuable genetic stocks. The
journal, Pisum Genetics, is the principal means of meeting these aims.
Published annually in one issue, Pisum
Genetics contains reports of research findings and other information
of interest to researchers studying the genus Pisum.
All members of the PGA are welcome to submit manuscripts on
topics appropriate for Pisum Genetics.
The deadline for such submittals is usually September 1 of the
year of publication, allowing for sufficient time for review and
revision of manuscripts. The
journal provides opportunities for both refereed and non-refereed
manuscripts, publication is within 3 to 6 months of submittal, there are
no page charges, articles are indexed in BIOSIS, and a web-based version
is available shortly after publication of the hard copy (http://hermes.bionet.nsc.ru/pg/).
Hence, research findings become available to a worldwide audience
within months of submission and without a significant impact
on research budgets.
|Manuscripts are generally separated into two types, research papers and brief communications. Manuscripts submitted as research papers will be subjected to peer review. In most cases some revision is required, and in the last five years, approximately 10% of the submitted manuscripts have been rejected for not meeting the standards of Pisum Genetics. Research papers should be written concisely, with a short introduction presenting the purpose for the study, a materials and methods section with essential details and references to techniques, a results section and discussion section interpreting the results and integrating findings with those of other workers. Section headings are not obligatory. Length should be kept under five journal pages, but longer papers will be considered on their merits. Such research papers must be treated similarly to submissions to other refereed journals in that they should contain original work not currently submitted to any other journal.|
communications are to encourage a rapid sharing of new results that may
not meet the standards of a research paper (i.e. allelism tests not
completed, map locations only approximate).
Brief communications can also be used to describe the
availability of new germplasm, such as the article in this issue by
Ambrose and Hedley.
was fortunate enough to visit the Institute
and Genetics just outside Novosibirsk this July, where I was able to meet with most of the members of the PGA
stationed there. I was too
late to renew acquaintances with Vladimir Berdnikov and Faina Gorelí,
who had moved to Israel earlier in the year for health considerations.
They remain in contact with the research group at the institute,
but are no longer active in pea research.
The two have a long list of contributions both to legume genetics
in general and to the Pisum Genetics Association.
Professor Berdnikov authored or co-authored over 40 in the pages
of the Pisum Newsletter and Pisum Genetics.
Speaking for the PGA membership, I know we will greatly miss
their perceptive contributions to this journal and wish them both a long
and enjoyable retirement. The
remaining group of PGA members, including Drs. Siderova, Kosterin,
Smirnova, Rozov, and Bogdanova form an active and creative nucleus of
plant geneticists. We had many stimulating discussions on the subjects
of pea genetics, genetic diversity and molecular biology, as well as an
overview of the Siberian flora which was abundantly represented in the
local forests and botanical garden.
Unfortunately, as of this writing we have yet to be able to
transmit the electronic version of Volume 36 of Pisum Genetics to Dr.
Rozov for posting on the web. We
anticipate a successful transmission soon, and you will be able to view
vols. 29-37 at http://hermes.bionet.nsc.ru/pg/.
|Financial Report||The financial report of the period October 1, 2004-September 30, 2005 is presented below. Income was slightly above expenses this last year due to a number of members paying dues in advance and a relatively low mailing expense resulting from the lower page content of Volume 36. Volume 37 will cost more to mail, and income from dues probably will drop to more normal levels next year. Thus I anticipate that the PGA will run a slight deficit in 2006. However, the Pisum Genetics Association continues to possess an adequate buffer of funds to cover expected expenses for the coming year. I recommend that annual dues remain at their current level.|
Account balances as of October 1, 2004
Account balance (savings and time deposit) 8003.05
Cash on hand 120.75
Total assets 8123.80
Bank interest (savings and certificate of deposits) 118.67
Total income 1153.64
Printing costs (434.00)
Mailing expenses (203.89)
Total expenditures (806.73)
Account balances as of September 30, 2005
Account balance (savings and time deposit) 8349.37
Cash on hand 23.02
Net balance for Pisum Genetics Association 8372.39
N.F. Weeden for the Coordinating Committee: