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A Personal Note I decided to initiate Orchid Biology: Reviews and Perspectives in about 1972 and (alone or with co-authors) started to write some of the chapters and the appendix for the volume in 1974 during a visit to the Bogor Botanical Gardens in Indonesia. Professor H. C. D. de Wit of Holland was also in Bogor at that time and when we discovered a joint interest in Rumphius he agreed to write a chapter about him. I visited Bangkok on my way home from Bogor and while there spent time with Professor Thavorn Vajrabhaya. He readily agreed to write a chapter. The rest of the chapters were solicited by mail and I had the complete manuscript on my desk in 1975. With that in hand I started to look for a publisher. Most of the publishers I contacted were not interested. Fortunately Mr James Twiggs, at that time editor of Cornell University Press, grew orchids and liked the idea. He decided to publish Orchid Biology: Reviews and Per spectives, and volume I saw the light of day in 1977. I did not know if there would be a volume II but collected manuscripts for it anyway. Fortunately volume I did well enough to justify a second book, and the series was born. It is still alive at present - 20 years, seven volumes and three publishers later. I was in the first third of my career when volume I was published.
Preface. 1. Brown Danube, Blue Pacific; J. Arditti. Embryology: 2. Ovule and Megagametophyte Development in Orchids; E.C. Yeung, S.K. Law. Molecular Biology: 3. Molecular Biology of Orchids; A.R. Kuehnle. Mycorrhiza: 4. Fungi from Orchid Mycorrhizas; R.S. Currah, et al. Basic and Applied Research: 5. Orchid Production and Research in Japan; S. Ichihashi. Ethnopharmacology: 6. Three Orchids Used as Herbal Medicines in China: An Attempt to Reconcile Chinese and Western Pharmacology; C.S. Hew, et al. Micropropagation: 7. Research on Micropropagation of Cymbidium, Nobile-Type Dendrobium, and Phalaenopsis in Japan; S. Ichihashi. Appendix: Potting Media; T.J. Sheehan. Index of Persons. Index of Organism Names. Subject Index.