When we finalized this Newsletter Dr. Gerald Koch informed us that Professor Walter Liese (Hamburg, Germany) passed away on 24 February at the age of 97. His great services to Tree Biology, Forestry, Wood Science, Wood ultrastructure and Bamboo and Rattan anatomy (and many other fields) were recognized in 1981 when he was elected an Honorary Member of IAWA. Extensive obituaries will follow.

Walter Liese