Welcome to the world of non-pollen palynomorphs or simply NPP!!!
This webpage aims gathering information about NPP, structurizing it by nomenclature and where possible taxonomy and help by identification. It is currently in development and if you like to contribute to the development of this webpage, please contact us. We are happy for any help.
21.09.2018A new NPP gallery is on-line. Please test it and enjoy!
23.03.2018New papers evaluating using of Sporormiella and other NPP in palaeoreconstructions:
Etienne D, Wilhelm B, Sabastier P, Reyss J-L, Arnaud F (2013) Influence of sample location and livestock numbers on Sporormiella concentrations and accumulation rates in surface sediments of Lake Allos, French Alps. Journal of Paleolimnology 49: 117-127.
Etienne D, Jourffroy-Bapicot I (2014) Optimal counting limit for fungal spore abundance estimation using Sporormiella as a case study. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 23: 743-749.
Doyen E, Etienne D (2017) Ecological and human land-use indicator value of fungal spore morphotypes and assemblages. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 26: 357-367.
23.03.2018New NPP papers published in 2016 and 2017 and included in the NPP literature database:
Hawksworth DL, van Geel B, Wiltshire PEJ (2016) The enigma of the Diporotheca palynomorph. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 235: 94-98.
Revelles J, van Geel B (2016) Human impact and ecological changes in lakeshore environments. The contribution of non-pollen palynomorphs in Lake Banyoles (NE Iberia). Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 232, 81-97.
Revelles J, Burjachs F, van Geel B (2016) Pollen and non-pollen palynomorphs from the Early Neolithic settlement of La Draga (Girona, Spain). Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 225, 1-20.
van Asperen EN, Kirby JR, Hunt CO (2016) The effect of preparation methods on dung fungal spores: Implications for recognition of megafaunal populations. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 229: 1-8.
Expósito I, Burjachs F, Allué E (2017) Filling in the gaps: The contribution of non-pollen palynomorphs to knowledge about the local environment of the Sierra de Atapuerca caves during the Pleistocene. Quaternary International 433, 224-242.
Ghosh R, Paruya DK, Acharya K, Ghorai N, Bera S (2017) How reliable are non-pollen palynomorphs in tracing vegetation changes and grazing activities? Study from the Darjeeling Himalaya, India. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 475: 23-40.
Musotto LL, Borromei AM, Bianchinotti MV, Coronato A (2017) Late Quaternary palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of central Tierra del Fuego (Argentina) based on pollen and fungi. Quaternary International 442: 13-25.
Rodríguez-Zorro PA, Lima da Costa M, Behling H (2017) Mid-Holocene vegetation dynamics with an early expansion of Mauritia flexuosa palm trees inferred from the Serra do Tepequém in the savannas of Roraima State in Amazonia, northwestern Brazil. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 26:455-468.
van Asperen E (2017) Fungal diversity on dung of tropical animals in temperate environments: Implications for reconstructing past megafaunal populations. Fungal Ecology 28: 25-32.
12.01.2018NPP session # 28 "Filling the gaps about non-pollen palynomorph ecological significance" at the EPPC 2018 in Dublin, Ireland:
Since first introduced 40 years ago, the description and analysis of terrestrial organic-walled microfossils other than pollen, moss and fern spores from pollen slides have enabled to further explore past environmental conditions, such as relating human activities and landscape. Many of the so called non-pollen palynomorphs have been identified and their ecological significance specified, thus providing valuable additional information to classical palaeo-ecological studies. However, the ecology of many described types is still unknown. The very nature of NPPs is multi-disciplinary. More than ever is it necessary to combine efforts of experts from a broad scale of domains to develop the NPPs’ vast potential.
The objective of this session is to make a leap forward regarding our understanding of the significance of current or new palynomorphs. By comparing the occurrence of new or poorly known NPP taxa with the ecological conditions reconstructed from other proxies, multi-disciplinary studies are likely to reveal the ecological requirements of these types. During this anniversary session, we would like to emphasise such studies in order to shed new light about the ecological value of NPPs. We believe this will serve and extend the interpretation of future studies. To this aim, we welcome proposals that unveil so far unsuspected value to new or known NPPs from any taxonomical group. We encourage proposals covering large time scales within the Quaternary period, but also studies on modern assemblages.
23.07.2017New NPP paper "Non-pollen palynomorphs notes: 2. Holocene record of Megalohypha aqua-dulces, its relation to the fossil form genus Fusiformisporites and association with lignicolous freshwater fungi" by Shumilovskikh et al. is on-line. The link for free download is working until September 02, 2017.
20.06.2017Here is the call for papers for the Association for Environmental Archaeology meeting being held in Edinburgh, UK in December 2017: http://www.ed.ac.uk/history-classics-archaeology/news-events/events/call-for-proposals-aea
12.06.2017The VII Workshop on Non-Pollen Palynomorphs started today. Exciting talks and posters, several microscopic sessions and round-table discussion will take place in Liverpool, UK from 12th to 14th of June 2017. Further details here: http://workshop7nonpollen.uk/grants-in-aid/
24.04.2017Funding to support early career researchers for participation of the NPP meeting are available: http://workshop7nonpollen.uk/grants-in-aid/
14.04.2017The VII Workshop on Non-Pollen Palynomorphs will take place in Liverpool, UK from 12th to 14th of June 2017. Deadline for abstract submission is the 14th of May 2017. More information at the workshop webpage: http://workshop7nonpollen.uk/
18.02.2016There is a session on Non-Pollen Palynomorphs (SS16) at the XIV IPC / X IOPC in Salvador (Brazil): http://www.ipciopcbrazil.com/sessions/
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