Past Botanical Links of the Day for: September 19

Past Botanical Links of the Day for: September 19


September 19, 1996 - The "Canoe Plants" of Ancient Hawai`i
The canoe plants are those edible and useful plants that facilitated travel by the ancient Polynesians. These plants include: `Ape (elephant's ear), `Awa (kawa), `Awapuhi Kuahiwi (shampoo ginger), Hau, Ipu (gourd), Kalo (taro), Kamani (Alexandrian laurel), Ki (ti), Ko (sugar cane), Kou, Kukui (candlenut), Mai`a (banana), Milo (portia tree), Niu (coconut), Noni (Indian mulberry), `Ohe (bamboo), `Ohi`a `Ai (mountain apple), `Olena (turmeric), Olona, Pia (Polynesian arrowroot), `Uala (sweet potato), Uhi (yam), `Ulu (breadfruit), Wauke (paper mulberry). A nice speality site with ethnobotanical information and very nice graphics. This is part of the Nation of Hawai`i Home Page. (***1/2)
September 19, 1997 - Plant Disease Information Notes
North Carolina State University's Plant Pathology Department web pages offer notes on the major diseases of the important crops and ornamentals of North Carolina and access to important resource pages and other services of the university and state cooperative extension. Currently the department is participating in a nationwide collaborative to provide agricultural producers with a comprehensive listing of new and emerging plant diseases. Information may be submitted to the New and Emerging Plant Diseases Project page. Find also at this site links to the Department of Entomology's North Carolina Insect Notes, archives of the Plant Disease and Insect-of-the-Week at the Clinic, North Carolina Pest News, and the IPM network. On the NCCES Educational Resources pages is a new Guide to Biotechnology in Crop Production with an excellent introduction to the concept of genetic engineering for insect pest and disease control. Site by Plant Pathology, NCSU, North Carolina State Coorperative Extension, Raleigh, NC. (****) LF
September 19, 2000 - Woody Plants of Oklahoma: Descriptions and Range Maps
Oklahoma is a diverse state because of the overlap between temperate and warm climates and therefore many woody plant species occur there. This site is an aid to identifying these plants that should also be useful for much of the warmer U.S. Species are listed by common and Latin name, with each entry accompanied by detailed descriptions of plants, with images, habitat and range maps. This site is nice model for an online woody plant guide. Site by F. L. Johnson, Oklahoma Biological Survey and B. W. Hoagland, Oklahoma Natural Heritage Inventory and Department of Geography, University of Oklahoma. (****) -SR
September 19, 2001 - Guardian Unlimited | Special report: Ethics of Genetics
Guardian Unlimited, self-described as the UK's most popular newspaper website, has produced an issues-oriented page on the ethics of genetics. This page has up-to-the-minute links on matters arising from human cloning, genetic engineering, STEM cell research and molecular biology. Although the specific links from this page may change over time, the topic promises to be a lasting one. The hyperlinks provided appear exhaustive for locating Guardian resources. (***1/2) -SR
September 19, 2002 - Invasive and Exotic Species of North America
Invasive and Exotic Species of North America is a site that compiles images & information on invasive weeds, insects, diseases, other invasive or exotic oganisms and biological control agents. Although much of the data is offsite at the USDA PLANTS database and at forestimages.org, the most novel feature of this site is its ability to create flexible lists by scientific name, family, order or common name by clicking on the header subject. Lists from different boards and authorities are conveniently and prominently positioned. Site by University of Georgia - College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences/Warnell School of Forest Resources. (***) -S
September 19, 2003 - Natural Inquirer
The Natural Inquirer is a PDF newsletter designed for middle school students that features thought provoking articles about science in action. The current "Wildland Fire Edition" examines fire from the perspective of safety measures & strategies to minimize damage, controlling the spread of fire, preventative measures and management plans. Each article begins with a glossary, an opportunity to meet the scientist(s) who did the work, the actual work done, practical repercussions of the work and then questions and factivities for students -- hands-on exercises allowing students to apply the concepts presented. Throughout the book are testimonials about why scientists love their jobs, many cartoon characters and much factual material. The Natural Inquirer is a product of the USDA Forest Service, online since 1998. Downloading the issues (as PDFs) requires the free Adobe Acrobat reader; alternatively free issues are also available by mail. Teacher's guides are available, along with many activities and state standards. Site by the US Forest Service. (***1/2) -S
September 19, 2005 - Australian Native Foods
Australian Native Foods is a site on native plants that: (1) have had aboriginal uses and (2) could be modified to produce commercial fruit or crops. Some of the crops most likely to become commercially prominent are: Acacias, bush tomatoes, citrus, Davidson plums, Illawarra plums, Lemon Aspen, Lemon Myrtle, Mountain Pepper, Muntries, Quandong, and Riberries. For each plant there is much information on many of the advantages and concerns of each crop. This site is by CSIRO Australia. Most of these crops seem to be a number of years away. (***1/2) -S