Scott's Botanical Links

Leigh's Links -- July 1998

Scott's Botanical Links Oklahoma

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July 27-31 Scott's Links of the Days

 

July 24, 1998- Texas Wildflowers

Texas is truly blessed with its 5,000 species of native flowering plants, and utilizing Department of Transportation photos, this portion of a Heart of Texas website presents a cleverly done image catalog of Texas roadside flora. The images are very good quality, several to a page, and indexed alphabetically by common name. Specific epithets are provided along with a tidbit of information about the plant. A small color key added to the photos coordinates with a color distribution map at the top of each page, making this quite a handy and useful guide for actual travelers and netsurfers alike. Site by nuMedia, San Antonio, Texas (****)LF

July 23, 1998- Science.komm

Striving to be the best site of its kind, Science.komm is a must have bookmark "dedicated to supporting research communication." The links library includes Journal URLs for 25 life science and  more than 50 medical subject areas plus links to other bioscience and science directories, URLs for scientific publishers, and a Resource area offering advice on scientific writing and presenting work. There's a search engine, submit url feature, and text in both English and German at this neat science connection site by Michael Brownlow, Vienna, Austria.(****)LF

July 22, 1998- The John Muir Exhibit

The John Muir Exhibit is an internet educational  project of the California Sierra Club to commemorate Muir and his contributions to the Club, national parks, and the worldwide conservation movement. Featured are writings by and about the naturalist, quotations, and extensive sources of information on his life and times. A new alphabetical index gives at-a-glance access to this copious website which is updated monthly. Site by the Sierra Club John Muir Education Project, Visalia, California.(****)LF

July 21, 1998- McCrory Gardens

Active solicitation of community sponsorship keeps things green and growing at McCrory Gardens. One can only wish for a few images of the work described at this research and teaching facility, to go along with the website's very well done text. Read the history of the garden, an interesting bit on the use of maze and labyrinth hedges, and descriptions of the current theme gardens and their plants. Site by the Horticulture, Forestry, Landscape & Parks Department, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota.(****)LF

July 20, 1998- The Chemical Defenses of Higher Plants

This is a detailed and illustrated report, no references or citations, introducing various allelochemicals formed in higher plants for protection against insect predation. The study of allelochemicals is significant to the development of more effective and less environmentally destructive pesticides. Discussion of some chemical-producing plants includes toxins of the Mustards, cyanogenesis in a couple species,  employment of trichomes for defense, and plant-insect interrelationships in the Milkweeds. Chemical ecologists, entomologists, and botanists alike will not want to miss this site by Gerald. A. Rosenthal, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. (****)LF

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July 9-15 Scott's Links of the Days

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July 8, 1998- INRA Scientific Database Servers

Two excellent links from this server are to the "Catalogue of Lepidoptera from the French West Indies" and to the "Pherolist," now at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp. The catalogue features outstanding images of specimens of the Saturniidae, Sphingidae, Geometridae, Notodontidae, Arctiidae, and Noctuidae, with synonyms, larval food plant, and distribution maps. An introduction to pheromones is linked to the Pherolist, and for advanced use is the "List of Sex Pheromones of Lepidoptera and Related Attractants," by Heinrich Arn, Miklós Tóth and Ernst Priesner (1986,1992,1996). Site by the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Paris, France. (****)LF

July 7, 1998- Biodiversity at Sunnyhill

This is a nice list of 63 ornamental and wild plants that have been catalogued as an interest feature for the website of a Pennsylvania church. Names are linked to images on reliable sites all over the internet, and exploring the list makes for an interesting an informative tour from the Sunnyhill launchpad. An excellent approach to public education, Plants and People-ists will surely appreciate this site by Diane Szollosi and Beth Hedin (plant list) with html and links by Carl Arendt, The Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.(****)LF

July 6, 1998- Stinger's Local Flora Homepage

Stinger is soon to become the next Curator of the Herbarium at Fairchild Tropical Garden (Miami, Florida), saying goodbye to all manner of the fun to be had teaching botany at the University of Florida (Gainesville). His class page for "Local Flora 3143C" links to a gallery of plants of the Florida panhandle, depicting the important characteristic flora of the region. The photos range from "excellent to terrible" in his own words, but in all cases offer a generous look at what commonly occurs within a hundred miles more or less of Gainesville. Two important files of interest are "A Handout on the Species of Xyris in Eastern Florida- Xyridaceae," and "A Handout on some species of Panicoideae (Panicum and Andropogon) in Florida - Poaceae."  A Link to "Stinger's Homepage"  reveals additional links for bamboo enthusiasts, Florida grass links, general botany, and more! See what Stinger is giving up for one of the only actual Botanist jobs in South Florida at this site by Gerald F. (Stinger) Guala, University of Florida Department of Botany, Gainesville, Florida.(****)LF

 

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