Past Botanical Links of the Day for: May 28

Past Botanical Links of the Day for: May 28


May 28, 1996 - CARL Uncover
This is a database link for titles of journal articles and books, giving you a gateway to the scientific and scholarly literature. CARL (Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries) provides several different databases that cover much of the world literature, including international refereed scientific journals. Requests are free for journal titles; if you subscribe, you can also order the full article--if you pay enough, you can get it as soon as an hour after the request is made. Although this does not cover all of the papers in a given year (I was able to find about a third of my major publications in the last five years), the coverage was reasonable. The search strategy is simple and you are free to choose different libraries and databases to search. A nice resource, but don't get lulled into thinking that it will replace a good research library! (***1/2)
May 28, 1997 - Access Excellence Activity Exchange
This page features links to the Access Excellence collection of classroom activities, exchanges from conferences & share-a-thons, the classic collection, "activities-to-go," and a web discussion area for instructors. The site is aimed at high school but some of the exercises may be useful for undergraduate instruction. The page also links to a 40 to 60 page scientific mystery in which story clues are given; there is even an opportunity to email a virtual scientist asking about clues (answered by autoresponder) to add to the interactive fun. This is particularly well done; it sneaks lots of medicine and science into the story! Sponsored by Genentech. (****)
May 28, 1998 - Trails and Wildflowers
Near the headwaters of the Willamette River, on the western slopes of the Oregon Cascade Mountains, are more than 100 hiking trails where former crop physiologist Keith McCree and his wife Barbro venture upon scenic vistas and numerous opportunities for photographing wildflowers. Expeditions along The Alpine Trail and Mt. Yoran Trail are featured on the website along with a digital photo collection, "Wildflowers of the Oregon Cascades." Those whose interest is really piqued may write for the 500-page encyclopedia "Upper Willamette Trails and Wildflowers" CD-ROM which may be perused and if desired, kept for a $10.00 donation! Summer travelers to the Pacific Northwest will not want to miss this site by Keith and Barbro McCree, Oakridge, Oregon.(****) -LF
May 28, 1999 - How the Terminator Terminates
This site explains, "for the non-scientist", how the "terminator" gene will prevent farmers from planting second generation seeds of crop plants. In brief, this engineered gene will allow farmers to sow seeds and grow plants that set fruit, but the seeds abort due to production of a late stage toxin. For agricultural companies, this "protects their investment" but may but may prevent the best seed from being planted in third world countries which cannot afford to buy seed annually. This report is a scientifically solid explanation of a biotechnology breakthrough that will be a major issue for years. Paper by Martha L. Crouch, Associate Professor of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington for the Edmonds Institute. References but no photographs - deal with it! (***) -SR