Margot Forde

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Margot Bernice Forde (née Ashwin; 1935–1995, Palmerston North) was a botanist, curator, and New Zealand taxonomist.[1][2]

Margot Forde graduated from Wellington Girls’ College and Victoria University of Wellington where she studied natural history and botany.[3] Both Margot and her husband Bernard received Ph.D. degrees from the Botany Department of the University of California, Davis Campus in the early 1960s.

Forde researched the plant taxonomies of Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang (China), and the Caucasus. She was a leading scientist in the field of seed conservation in grazing plants.[4]

Publications

  • Gardiner, S. E.; Forde, M. B.; Slack, C. R. (20 January 2012). "Grass cultivar identification by sodium dodecylsulphate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis". New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research. 29 (2): 193–206. doi:10.1080/00288233.1986.10426973.
  • Aiken, Susan G.; Gardiner, Susan E.; Forde, Margot B. (October 1992). "Taxonomic implications of SDS-PAGE analyses of seed proteins in North American taxa of Festuca subgenus Festuca (Poaceae)". Biochemical Systematics and Ecology. 20 (7): 615–629. doi:10.1016/0305-1978(92)90019-A.
  • Williams, A.I.; MacDonalds, I.R.; Forde, Margot Bernice (1962). "Variation of turpentine composition in five population samples of Pinus radiata". New Zealand Journal of Science (5): 486–495., ilus.
  • Ashwin, Margot B. (1958). "Understanding plant names and their changes". Tuatara. 7 (2, December). Retrieved 6 August 2017.

Awards

  • The Margot Forde Germplasm Centre at AgResearch, in Palmerston North was named in her honor.[6]
  • Forde was awarded the Allan Greenstone Award for Meritorious Service to Botany and the Sesquicentennial Gold Medal for Services to Science in 1990.[4]

Sources

  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Ed. by R.K. Brummitt (1992). Authors of plant names : a list of authors of scientific names of plants, with recommended standard forms of their names, including abbreviations (Reprinted ed.). London: Royal Botanic Gardens. ISBN 978-0-947643-44-7.
  • Zander (1984). Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen (13., neubearbeitete und erw. Aufl. ed.). Stuttgart: E. Ulmer. ISBN 3-8001-5042-5.

References

  1. ^ "Ashwin, Margot Bernice". Harvard University Herbaria & Libraries.
  2. ^ Aiken, Susan; Gardiner, Susan; Forde, Margot (1992). "Taxonomic implications of SDS-PAGE analyses of seed proteins in North American taxa of Festuca subgenus Festuca (Poaceae)". Biochemical Systematics and Ecology. 20 (7): 615–629. doi:10.1016/0305-1978(92)90019-A.
  3. ^ Stevens, Catherine M. C. Haines with Helen M. (2001). International women in science : a biographical dictionary to 1950. Santa Barbara, Calif. [u.a.]: ABC-CLIO. ISBN 1-57607-090-5.
  4. ^ a b Charlton, Deric. "Obituary - Margot Forde - death of a prominent seed botanist" (PDF).
  5. ^ IPNI.  Ashwin.
  6. ^ Taonga, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu. "Margot Forde Germplasm Centre". www.teara.govt.nz.

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