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July 07, 1999

U of G prof to edit prestigious botany journal

Prof. Larry Peterson, chair of the Department of Botany, has been named editor of the prestigious Canadian Journal of Botany.

He has received an operating budget of almost $500,000 from the Ottawa-based National Research Council (NRC) to edit the journal during the next five years. "I think it lifts the department's profile. Guelph's name is out there around the world in botany," Peterson said.

The 70-year-old journal ranks among the top one-quarter of plant science journals worldwide. First published as the Canadian Journal of Research, the publication was renamed the Canadian Journal of Botany in 1951. It is the second NRC journal currently edited at Guelph; the respected Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences has been co-edited by zoology professors Moira Ferguson and John Roff since 1997.

Peterson, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, served as an associate editor of the Canadian Journal of Botany for 12 years. The journal has published many of his nearly 200 papers on mycorrhizas interactions between mutualistic fungi and roots of plants studied by his root biology and mycorrhiza research group at Guelph. He has also served on the editorial boards of three other journals and has done extensive reviewing for additional publications.

Peterson's plans for the journal include changing its appearance to enliven the publication and attract more readers, including the popular press.

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