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From the Editorial Board Russian Journal of Ecology, Vol. 32, No. 3, 2001, p. 145. Translated from Ekologiya, No. 3, 2001, p. 163. Original Russian Text Copyright © 2001 by the Editorial Board. The Editorial Board of the Russian Journal of Ecol- adaptation at different ontogenetic stages. The studies ogy always gives close attention to ecological studies were conducted on various species (plants, animals, carried out in different regions of Russia. In keeping and man) using a broad spectrum of methodical with this tradition, this issue brings to our readers the approaches (morphological, physiological, biochemi- most interesting and significant reports presented at the cal, and mathematical). Third All-Russia Population Seminar “Ontogeny and At the All-Russia Population Seminars, it became Population” (February 7–11, 2000) held by the Depart- traditional to hold memorial sessions. At the first semi- ment of Botany, Ecology, and Phytophysiology of Mari nar, this session was dedicated to the memory of State University (the organizing committee was headed L.F. Semerikov, a remarkable researcher who was a by N.V. Glotov). major contributor to the development of plant popula- The problem “Ontogenesis and Population” is one tion ecology until his untimely death. The second sem- of the central problems of modern population biology. inar was dedicated to the memory of T.I. Serebryakova, It is now apparent that any analysis of fundamental and a distinguished plant morphologist whose works were applied aspects of the life of natural populations should fundamental for the development of the concept of be based on the concept of life organization levels, such plant age states. In 2000, the scientific community as the cell, organism, population, and biogeocenotic commemorated the 100th anniversary of the birth of levels. The population level is of special significance, N.V. Timofeeff-Ressovsky, an outstanding Russian sci- as trends and events occurring at all other levels are entist who made major contributions to the develop- reflected in the life of populations. Since the publica- ment of basic fields of natural sciences, such as genet- tion of classical works in population zoology, espe- ics, radiation biogeocenology, and the theories of pop- cially the work of S.S. Schwartz and his colleagues, it ulation and the biosphere. A special session was has become clear that the age composition of a popula- dedicated to his memory at the third seminar. tion is very important; in other words, it is necessary to consider the entire “ontogenetic spectrum” of a popula- The Fourth All-Russia Population Seminar was con- tion, from zygote to dying individuals. Population bot- ducted at the Koltsov Institute of Developmental Biol- any is now following the same trend. As the actual age ogy, Russian Academy of Sciences, May 18–19, 2000 of many plants is impossible to determine, T.A. Rabot- (the organizing committee was headed by V.M. Zakha- nov, A.A. Uranov, and their followers use the concept rov). Proceedings of the seminar will be published in of the age (ontogenetic) state. Since the age state reflects Ontogenez (Russian Journal of Developmental Biol- the biological age of plants, this approach is often even ogy, 2001, no. 5). The Fifth All-Russia Population more reasonable than the use of chronological age. Seminar—“Populations, Communities, and Evolu- The program of the seminar included the following tion”—is to be held in Kazan at the Institute of Ecology topics: genetics of individual development, morpho- of Natural Systems, the Academy of Sciences of Tatar- genesis, spatial and age structure of populations, and stan, in October 2001. 1067-4136/01/3203-0145$25.00 © 2001 MAIK ÒNauka / Interperiodica” Russian Journal of Ecology Springer Journals

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