The occurrence of hundreds of polster colonies of Drepanocladus berggrenii (C. Jens.) Broth. growing on the ice of Gilkey Glacier is reported. This appears to be the first published account of this arctic species in Alaska. Colonization of mosses on glaciers, although unusual, is considered the earliest stage in a cryosere which regionally terminates in the development of hemlock forest.
The Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society (until 1997 The Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club), the oldest botanical journal in the Americas, has as its primary goal the dissemination of scientific knowledge about plants (in the broad sense of both plants and fungi). It publishes basic research in all areas of plant biology except horticulture, with emphasis on research done in, and about plants of, the Western Hemisphere.
The Torrey Botanical Society is an organization of people interested in plant life, including professional and amateur botanists, students, and those who just like to go out into the country and study nature. The society began informally in the 1860's under the aegis and inspiration of Dr. John Torrey, then professor of botany at Columbia College, and claims to be the oldest botanical society in America. The early members were amateur botanists and some students and colleagues of Dr. Torrey, who were interested in collecting and identifying plants. They occasionally met in the evening to discuss their findings. The organization was first named with the appearance of its first publication, The Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Society, in 1870, and was incorporated in 1873. Today, the society holds as its objectives "to promote interest in botany, and to collect and disseminate information on all phases of plant science." These objectives are fulfilled through indoor meetings, outdoor meetings or fields trips, and publications. Because the publications have become standard reference material for botanists, many people residing in practically every state and in a number of other countries have become members, primarily to receive the publications. Thus, the society has become an international organization and is affiliated with the American Institute of Biological Sciences. It differs from most scientific societies in the numerous meetings and field trips.