Bean Ref, a gateway to the WWW, is a " collection of external links and references from literature to different aspects of research on beans (Phaseolus and Vigna)." The site offers"... references from literature and has links to electronically available information. The subjects are the different aspects of research on beans (genus Phaseolus and Vigna)."
Users can search for information through the table of contents on any of the following subjects: cell culture; taxonomy; genetics; physiology; germplasm collections; molecular biology; cytogenetics; phytopathology; production and consumption; conferences and organizations; databases; and communication (electronic and printed). The author urges users to submit new references for directory links so that the site can constantly be updated to reflect the most recent research.
The directory's menu offers categories, which are divided by subject. Within these divisions, an alphabetical listing of linked WWW sites is provided.
The site is maintained by Mario Nenno, Division of Cell Biology, the University of Kaiserslauten, Germany.
Choose search command and enter keyword; submit search. Or choose category of interest from main menu and then select subcategory. Specific help area is available within the site, providing detailed instructions.
The International Legume Database and Information Service (ILDIS) is "...dedicated to the study of the plant family Leguminosae, which contains just under a twelfth of the world's flowering plants." The aim of the database is to "...provide a service to legume specialists and users of legume and legume products worldwide." Sponsored by the School of Biological Sciences, the University of Southhampton, the site offers searching capabilities and general subject information.
The site's main page offers links to four major areas: (1) the homepage of the Biology Department, the University of Southhampton, via the "world wide web" link; (2) general information on the site; (3) the ILDIS LegumeWeb service; and (4) information about the legume plant family. General information on the site details its organizations, newsletters, products, and services. Information on the legume plant family, as well as access to a gallery of plant images, is found within the fourth link. The third link accesses the site's search engine, designed to produced detailed records on specific plants.
The first step in searching is to select a genus name from the provided field (Lathyrus; Orobus; Vicia). This, in turn, produces a search field, requesting a choice in "specific epithet," or the second part of the plant's scientific name. Submitting a choice for this field then produces the detailed plant record, which includes: (1) taxonomy; (2) geography; (3) descriptors; (4) bibliography; (5) a color image of the plant; and (6) further illustrations. The first category, "taxonomy," includes the plant's accepted name, vernacular name, synonyms, family, sub-family, and tribe. The "geography" data specifies whether the plant is native (N), introduced (I), or uncertain (U) for nations within Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East,and North America. For each nation, a specific code is noted, to describe the plant's existence and appearance in that area.
Links at the bottom of the site's main page give access to a keyword entry field and search engine, a help area, news area, e-mail comments section, and contact information by phone or mail. The site is sponsored by the Department of Biology, School of Biological Sciences; the University of Southhampton; Southhampton, UK.
Select topic of interest from site's main page; follow onscreen links to yield desired information or plant records.