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XXX ANNUAL REPORT All the Museum materials are now being arranged in bottles or boxes and labelled and the Museum will be extended as the collections of material increase About 24 dozen specimen jars of various kinds were obtained with the specimens or bought separately Other additions to the equipment of the Department include comptometer taxiphote and photo-enlarger About 100 lantern slides were added and dark-room was constructed Work in the herbarium has been continued and about 1000 addi- tional sheets have been mounted Through the agency of Sir Thiselton-Dyer and the Director of Kew Gardens it was found that the greater number of the specimens in the Rottler East Indian collection of plants had been transferred to Kew many years ago On receiving this information the Delegacy resolved also to transfer to Kew the few specimens that remained numbering some 300 Further ex- amination of the unmounted specimens disclosed the fact that there were mixed in the collection number of valuable plants collected by Wallich In addition there was found duplicate set of plants collected by Gardner in Brazil in the years 1837 to 1841 These plants were named by George Bentham and the original set is housed at Kew In June Miss Joan Latter passed her examination for the degree of Ph the title of her thesis being The Pollen Development of Lalhyrns odoratus In the course of this work the presence of new body in the nucleolus was discovered This body is attached to the spireme and the demonstration of its constant presence in certain stages of the nucleus is an important advance in the study of nuclear structure The paper will be published in the Annals of Botany Dr Latter was appointed part-time Demonstrator with grant from the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research During the session Mrs Ferguson continued and completed her work for the degree of Sc and Mr Cook conducted an investigation into fungal root parasites The Carter Prize in Botany was awarded to Miss Κ Goodwin In the summer term three public lectures on Micro-dissection and Micro-injection were given by Dr Robert Chambers Professor of Microscopic Anatomy in Cornell Medical College New York Two of these lectures which attracted widespread interest in the Colleges and Medical Schools of London were accompanied by demonstrations and other demonstrations were given in the Botanical Laboratory during the following week some hundreds of persons being able to see the apparatus and methods demonstrated Professor Chambers spent some weeks in the laboratory and also gave lectures at several other British Universities His presence in this country stimulated great interest in micro-dissection field of research in which he has made considerable contributions Experiments in genetics were continued in the Royal Botanic Gardens Regent's Park with the aid of grant from the Royal Society
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