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Russian Journal of Plant Physiology, Vol. 49, No. 1, 2002, pp. 1–2. Translated from Fiziologiya Rastenii, Vol. 49, No. 1, 2002, pp. 5–6.
Original Russian Text Copyright © 2002 by Nosov.
November 8, 2002 marks the 100th birthday of a
classic ﬁgure in plant physiology: Academician
A.L. Kursanov. It might have been appropriate to dedi-
cate the November issue of the journal to this occasion.
However, we consider the entire year 2002 worthy of
celebration and will begin the celebration with this
Kursanov was born at the beginning of the 20th cen-
tury. Guided by the profound knowledge of his prede-
cessors, he was capable of thoroughly comprehending
issues and generalizing facts that seemed separate. His
unique scientiﬁc insight, original concepts, and high
level of investigation enabled Kursanov to expand
many areas of plant physiology, and this not only in
Russia. It would be impossible to name all countries
where he has had an inﬂuence. Kursanov’s number one
priority in scientiﬁc research was metabolite transport
over the plant as an integral basis for the vital activities
of the whole organism. Kursanov and coworkers
focused on structural bases and mechanisms of intrac-
ellular, intercellular, and long-distance transport of sub-
stances. They studied the functional role of transport as
well as the signiﬁcance of translocated molecules and
their metabolic pathways for the formation and mainte-
nance of speciﬁc physiological status of certain organs,
tissues, and plant cells.
In this issue, we attempt to combine experimental
papers with retrospective and analytical reviews of cer-
tain areas of modern plant physiology that were within
the scope of Kursanov’s interests. In this issue, the
reader will also ﬁnd short biographical essays.
Centenary of A.L. Kursanov:
A Classic Figure in Plant Physiology