Since 1976, the AQUA PLANTA has been published four times a year. The magazine is the club information magazine of the working group water plants e.V ..
The subscription is included in the membership fee for the association and can only be obtained for association members ( application for membership ).
The booklet is a well known scientific journal in which offers articles on the systematics, distribution and culture of aquatic plants and swamp plants. Among other things, several first descriptions of new Cryptocorynes and Lagenandra have been published in the Aqua Planta. In addition, hobbyists write about their cultural experiences in the aquarium and in the swamp culture. Moreover, there are reports about trips to natural stands and actual trends in the aquatic plant scene.
There is also a literature review in which the articles on the subject of aquatic plants from various aquaristic specialist magazines are discussed.
Last but not least, the members of the AQUA PLANTA club will also find news from the regional groups and current events.
In addition to the quarterly magazine 4 special issues have come out in the past on various topics that can also be ordered by non-club members.
The magazine is written by the AQUA PLANTA editors and the editorial board.
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Christel Kasselmann, Dr. Josef Bogner, Heiko Muth und David Prehsler
The editors of the AQUA PLANTA are always looking for new articles and new authors in order to be able to bring out diverse, varied and interesting editions in the future.
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As special editions of the AQUA PLANTA four thematic issues have been published.
They cost 5, - Euro plus 2, - Euro for shipping.
The booklets are available from the managing director of the working group
Wim Crusio is a Dutch neurobiologist and behavioral geneticist. He studied at the Radboud University Nijmegen, where he received his doctorate in 1984.
He worked at the University of Heidelberg in the field of plant taxonomy and conducted research on, among others, the genus Samolus and Anubias .
Crusio described three new plant species:
Araceae Anubias barteri Schott var. angustifolia (Engl.) Crusio (Meded. Landbouwhoogeschool Wageningen 79(14): 13. 1979)
Araceae Anubias barteri Schott var. nana (Engl.) Crusio (Meded. Landbouwhoogeschool Wageningen 79(14): 19. 1979)
Araceae Lagenandra dewitii Crusio & A.de Graaf (Aqua Pl. 1986(2): 57)
The Aqua Planta Special Issue 1 is a revised version of Crusio's Revison of the genus Anubias from 1979
(Crusio, W. (1979): A revision of Anubias Schott (Araceae) .- Meded. Landbouwhogschool Wageningen 79 (14)).
To date, this processing of the system is valid and largely current. Only one form of Anubias barteri ( var. coffeifolia ) was subsequently described (2010) by Christel Kasselmann and the miniature cultural form Anubias barteri var. nana "Bonsai" is not mentioned.
The special issue contains identification keys of the species and varieties, as well as detailed descriptions of the leaves and inflorescences. Small maps illustrate the distribution areas of the species. All flower stands and leaves are presented in meaningful drawings, black-and-white images and partly also on color photographs.
This publication is interesting not only for botanists, but also for aquarists who attach great importance to the right species in their biotope aquariums. The distribution maps make it possible to select the right form for the region. At the same time, the correct assignment of the plants from the trade to the correct species names becomes possible. For example, the large broad-leaved Anubias afzelii (Senegal, Mali, Sierra Leone, Guinea) is often offered under the name "Anubias congensis". As "Anubias afzelii" is mostly Anubias barteri var. angustifolia (Guinea, Ivory Coast, Cameroon) on the market. The description and representation of the plants allows a clear assignment.
This special issue is no longer available as a print version, but can be purchased in pdf format on CD.
Heinrich (Harry) Wilhelm Eduard van Bruggen (1927 - 2010) was a Dutch amateur botanist. Since the 1950s he was interessted in the plants of the genus Aponogeton .
He studied living and preserved plant material and gradually described 13 new Aponogeton species
In his honor, two Aponogeton species are named:
Aponogeton vanbruggenii C.B. Hellquist & S.W.L. Jacobs and Aponogeton bruggenii S.R. Yadav & R.S. Govekar. In addition, a subspecies of the bumblebee orchid (Ophrys holosericea (N.L. Burman) Greuter subsp. Vanbruggeniana J. & L. Essink & Kreutz) bears his name.
The Aqua Planta Special Issue 2 is a revised for aquarists version of van Bruggens monograph of the genus Aponogeton from 1986
(van Bruggen, H.W.E. (1985): Monograph of the genus Aponogeton (Aponogetonaceae) .- Bibliotheca Botanica, E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 33 (137): i-viii, 1-76).
The special edition describes in detail all known species until 1986 and shows leaves and flowers in numerous color images. It gives information about the care of the plants in the aquarium and the conditions at the natural sites.
The systematics and nomenclature of the species described in the booklet remain unchanged till today. Only a few species have been newly described since this publication.
This special issue is a recommendable read for all aquarium plant friends, who would like to try once on the culture of Aponogeton.
Marian Ørgaard is Professor of Biology at the University of Copenhagen. She is concerned with the morphology of plants
and gene sequencing to determine relationships of vegetables and wild plants.
Together with Prof. Niels Jacobsen she is researching, among other things, the systematics of Crypocoryne and Lagenandra.
The Aqua Planta Special Issue 3 is a summary for aquarists of Ørgaard's article published in 1991
"The genus Cabomba (Cabombaceae) -a taxonomic study" (Nordic Journal of Botany, Volume 11, Issue 2, 1991, p. 179-203).
The special issue describes all Cabomba species and the water shield ( Brasenia schreberi ) that belongs to the same plant family.
In addition to a key, the book contains numerous color images of the plants and their natural sites.
The systematics and nomenclature of the species described in the booklet remain unchanged to this day.
Dr. Helmut Dittmar is primarily concerned with the breeding of animals for fish food and thus also with their food, which includes microalgae.
Friedrich Bitter is an expert in invertebrates in the aquarium. Crayfish, shrimp and snails are his hobby. As a specialist author he writes articles and books on various aquaristic topics. Among other things he has written books about aquarium snails, mosses in the aquarium and about fish in the aquarium.
The Aqua Planta Special Issue 4 includes an extensive article by Helmut Dittmar with the title:
"The importance of blue bacteria (" blue-green algae ") and algae in freshwater aquariums as indicators of water quality,
Competitors for the aquarium plants and food for the fish." In that, he first describes the different groups of algae, some of which are close to the bacteria and partly to the plants.
He goes into detail about the living conditions the different species of algae need to multiply.
Water temperatures, nutrient offers, the supply of proteins and vitamins and many other parameters are considered.
Dittmar gives additional hints on the importance of algae as a food source for animals. But also tips to combat algae are not too short.
Finally, there is a detailed bibliography.
In addition, there is an article by Friedrich Bitter entitled "Shrimps and snails as natural algae killers" at the end of the book. Here invertebrates are presented, which help in the removal of annoying algae.
This special issue offers a wealth of information about algae and is a valuable read for all aquarium enthusiasts. It goes partly deep into scientific matter, but the material is well prepared and the texts are easy to read.
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