* New photo on Photospecial page: Pollen on male Ginkgo tree.
* New topic: Cretaceous fossil relative of Ginkgo discovered.
* Updated Fossils-page: Ginkgo Jurassic wood.
UPDATES OF MY PAGES:
* Updated Literature-page: 2 new articles: 1. Ginkgo genome sequence and 2. Ginkgo Jurassic wood.
* New topic: Jurassic wood provides insights into Ginkgo wood evolution.
* New topic: Complete genome sequence of Ginkgo decoded.
* New photo on Photospecial page: Fallen Ginkgo leaves + poem by Howard Nemerov.
* Update new topic: 2nd generation A-bombed Ginkgo tree planted at UN Geneva, Oct. 3.
* New photo on Photospecial page: Old Ginkgo tree, Maldegem, Belgium + video.
* New photo on Photospecial page: Many Ginkgo trees in Zwolle, Cemetery Kranenburg.
* New photo on Photospecial page: Ginkgo leaf.
* New topic: 2nd generation A-bombed Ginkgo tree to be planted by UNITAR.
* New photo on Photospecial page: My Ginkgo seedling 1 week old.
* Added microphoto of Ginkgo stem cross section on my Wood-page.
* New photo on Photospecial page: Sprouting Ginkgo leaves in spring.
* Added to Art-page: Text and pictures first Western documentation of Ginkgo in China.
* Added on Nancy-page: photos of Ginkgo leaves on door to The Ecole de Nancy Museum, Nancy Art Nouveau by Jacques Gruber.
* New topic: The Ginkgo Tweets: 2500+ followers on Twitter!
* New photo on Photospecial page: Fallen Ginkgo leaves.
* New topic: The Ginkgo Pages Forum/Blog in 2015.
* New topic: My website and blog are archived in the National Library of the Netherlands Web Archive (Webarchief van Nederland Koninklijke Bibliotheek) for present and future generations.
* New photo on Photospecial page: potted Ginkgo in fall colours.
* Added photos of Ginkgo trees 5th Avenue NYC, Washington Square Park and Philadelphia on Where-page and Empire State building and Ginkgo tree.
* Added on Propagation-page: video of deer eating Ginkgo seeds in Japan.
* Added spherical panorama photo of Hiroshima Ginkgo at Hosen-Ji.
* Added Art-page Picture gallery: work by Tom Phillips A Humument Page 297 + Portrait of Iris Murdoch.
* New Photo on Photospecial page: Ginkgo trees in Bologna, Italy.
*Added new Ginkgo bonsai photo.
* Added new theory about the spelling of Ginkgo: on my Name-page.
* Added on Literature-page and Dalou-page: book The Subtropical Vegetation of Southwestern China by Cindy Q. Tang (contains chapter Dalou Mountains).
* New topic: The Ginkgo Tweets: 2000+ followers on Twitter!
* New supersized photos on my Photospecial page: Ginkgo huttonii fossil leaves.
* New supersized photo on my Photospecial page: Spring: my seedlings are alive!
* New supersized photo on my Photospecial page: Snow covered Ginkgo tree.
* Added: Asteroid Ginkgo to Name-page.
* New topic: Asteroid Ginkgo.
* New supersized photo + video on my Photospecial page: 4 Ginkgo trees, planted c. 1882, Strasbourg in France.
* Added new photo of female tree: leaves fall before the seeds.
* New topic: Contributions by Peter del Tredici, Harvard University.
* New topic: Story about the Ginkgo at Hellekis manor, Kinnekulle, Sweden.
* Added special page on Bonsai-page with dwarf (penjing) Ginkgo trees from China, photos by James Wilkins.
* New topic: Oliver Sacks: Night of the Ginkgo (The New Yorker).
* Two new supersized photos on my Photospecial page: Buddha and two Ginkgo trees, Artis Zoo, Amsterdam.
* New topic: The Ginkgo Tweets: 1500+ followers on Twitter!
* Two new supersized photos on my Photospecial page: Ginkgo tree Hortus botanicus Leiden, 1785 + female branch.
* New topic: Video of transplanting 750-year-old Yonggyeri Ginkgo tree in South Korea.
* New supersized Photo of the Month on photospecial page: Raindrops on Ginkgo leaf.
* New Photo of the Month on photospecial page: Sprouting Ginkgo seeds.
* Added to my Art-page: woodblock print of 'Miss Ginkgo', Edo period.
* New Photo of the Month on photospecial page: My Ginkgo seedlings.
* New topic: Cretaceous stick insect fossil mimics Ginkgo foliage.
* New topic: New Ginkgo cultivars and names list.
* New Photo of the Month on photospecial page: Huge ginkgo in Winston-Salem, NC.
* New topic: The Ginkgo Tweets: 1000+ followers on Twitter!
* New Photo of the Month + video on photospecial page: Ginkgo trees in Amsterdam in fall.
* Added photo of Ginkgo in St. Petersburg, Russia.
*Added on my Usage-page: music video of popular nursery song Ginkgo biloba.
* New Photo of the Month on photospecial page: Ginkgo leaves with green edges.
* Update of Art Nouveau and Ginkgo in Nancy : new photos Banque de Paris (door handle) and Museum Ecole de Nancy.
* New Photo of the Month on photospecial page: Art Nouveau entrance door to Ecole de Nancy Museum adorned with Ginkgo leaves .
* New Photo of the Month on photospecial page: Ginkgo leaf with raindrops.
* Added Ginkgo tree photos: USA - Wissinoming Park, Philadelphia, PA + UK - Kinnersley Castle, Herefordshire.
* Update of Fossils-page : picture gallery: Ginkgo adiantoides, Unterwohlbach Formation, South Germany.
don't mention minor updates here. Not all changes are updated on the German/French/Dutch
fossil relative of Ginkgo discovered
An international team of paleontologists have discovered a new extinct species of plant from the Early Cretaceous that appears to be distantly related to living Ginkgo biloba. The fossils, named Umaltolepis mongoliensis, were collected from ancient peat deposits at the Tevshiin Govi lignite mine in the steppes of central Mongolia.
Results of the research, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), are published in this week’s issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
stems and leaves are similar to the Ginkgo tree, but the seeds, and especially
the structures they are born in, are unlike any other known plant, living
or extinct," says scientist Patrick Herendeen of the Chicago Botanic Garden,
co-author of the PNAS paper.
The seed-bearing structures are more comparable to those of certain extinct Peltaspermales and Umkomasiales.
Ginkgo may be the last survivor of a once highly diverse group of extinct plants, several of which show various degrees of ovule enclosure.
|Photograph with a selection
of Early Cretaceous fossil specimens of Umaltolepis mongoliensis
along with a leaf and stem from living Ginkgo.
Shown are six fossil strap-shaped leaves, three fossil capsules (one with basal stalk present), and two pieces of fossil stem.
On the left is a leaf and a stem from Ginkgo biloba.
PNAS + supporting info
Chicago Botanic Garden + more photos
More info about Ginkgo fossils on my website: Fossils-page.
Chicago Botanic Garden
wood provides insights into Ginkgo wood evolution
Recently, Chinese and French scientists led by Wang Yongdong, professor at Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, researched new fossil wood of Ginkgo biloba. The fossil wood (Ginkgoxylon liaoningense) was collected from the Tiaojishan Formation in western Liaoning, northeastern China. It probably dates from the Middle to Late Jurassic.
According to the researchers this discovery represents the oldest well-dated occurence of Ginkgo wood.
Its anatomy departs slightly from that of modern Ginkgo, it displays all its characteristic features. It differs only in having a more mixed type of radial pitting, which also occurs, albeit locally, in modern Ginkgo wood. The xylem structures of Ginkgoxylon liaoningense illustrates the basal state of Ginkgo wood anatomy and will contribute to the understanding of Ginkgo evolution.
Jiang, Z. et al. A Jurassic wood providing insights into the earliest
step in Ginkgo wood evolution.
Sci.Rep.6, 38191; doi: 10.1038/srep38191 (2016).
Full article: Nature.com
More info and photos of fossil Ginkgo wood on my Fossils-page.
Multiple seeds at visually different developmental stages were collected from five separate large Ginkgo trees at one of the Ginkgo refuge populations located on Tianmu Mountain, Zhejiang Province, China.
genome will be an extensive resource for studies concerning plant defences
against insects and pathogens, and research investigating early events
in tree evolution and in evolution overall.
the ginkgo genome will provide an extensive resource for studies concerning plant defenses against insects and pathogens, and research investigating early events in tree evolution and in evolution overall.
Full text article GigaScience/BioMed Central
credit: Fossil is from Klondike Mountain Formation, Republic, Ferry County,
Washington, USA, Eocene, Ypresian. Stonerose Interpretive Center Collection,
Modern leaf photo is by Ninjatacoshell, CC BY-SA via Wikimedia Commons.
initiative is called "Green Legacy Hiroshima" in which UNITAR is working
with Hiroshima institutions and United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)
Director-General to coordinate and arrange the planting of a Ginkgo Atomic
bombed tree sapling from Hiroshima, in the Ariana Park of the Palais des
Nations, the UN headquarters in Europe. The Ginkgo tree will symbolise
hope, resilience and peace, as well as generosity and beauty. The seeds
and saplings of A-bombed survivor trees are being sent by the Green Legacy
Hiroshima team to symbolic sites around the world, with activities unfolding
in some 25 countries.
The Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon will personally plant the tree at the Palais des Nations later this year.
Ban Ki-moon planting the Ginkgo sapling
United Nations Office, Geneva
October 3, 2016
UNITAR: here + here + here + here
On my blog
On my website
He also pointed me to a short article he wrote about the popular Icho Namiki, the Ginkgo lined avenue in Meiji Jingu Gaien Park in Japan. Read his pdf here.
videos of this avenue on YouTube:
Asteroid 85197 (1991 TG5) is named Ginkgo after the Ginkgo biloba tree. It is a main-belt asteroid discovered on October 5, 1991 by F. Borngen and L. D. Schmadel of the Karl Schwarzschild Observatory at Tautenburg, Germany. Read more on Wikipedia and on this site by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California.
Ron Baalke pointed me to this asteroid on my Twitter. Ginkgo made its closest approach to Earth on December 24, 2014:
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