In 1978, the most basic of text editors existed: I had seen a demonstration at IBM Hursley in about 1973. I used a typewriter to type the text myself, and hand drew the chemical structures plus the boxes for data tables.

In the 1970's the public internet was still two decades away. The foundations of the world wide web and email may have existed, but did not become what we now take for granted until 1990.

While genetics was a generally accepted science, routine genetic analysis was again, decades away. As a consequence of gene sequencing, it has been found that many plants had more than one name: the Plant List reports on average about three synonyms for each species. I have also checked animal names against the Catalogue of Life.

The internet has allowed me to retype and publish both theses, and to provide hyperlinks to referenced materials. I have listed below the synonyms of the species are specified in the thesis, and their accepted names:

SynonymAccepted name
Eulocastra argentisparsa Hampsonsame
Foeniculum vulgare Mill.same
Gossypium hirsutum L.same
Lactuca sativa L.same
Orobanche cumana Wallr.Orobanche cernua Loefl.
Ophiomyia strigalis Spencer. same
Orobanche purpurea Jacq. same
Striga hermonthica (Delile) Benth. same
Striga lutea Lour.Striga asiatica (L.) Kuntze
Ulmus procera Salisb.Ulmus minor Mill.


The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Published on the Internet; (accessed June 2017)

Roskov Y., Kunze T., Paglinawan L., Orrell T., Nicolson D., Culham A., Bailly N., Kirk P., Bourgoin T., Baillargeon G., Hernandez F., De Wever A., eds (2013). Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life, 2013 Annual Checklist. Digital resource at Species 2000: Reading, UK. (accessed June 2017)


Robert J G Howe
Fareham, Hampshire, England

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