Field Crops

(SB:183-317)
Q--ScienceR-MedicineS-AgricultureT-TechnologyU-MilitaryV-Naval


SB 191.A42 Grain. Cereals. Amaranths

Amaranths For Food or Feed

Summary:
Amaranths For Food or Feed, a member of the "Quick Bibliography Series of the National Agricultural Library," is intended " for current awareness, and as the title implies..." is "not [an] indepth exhaustive" bibliography system of any subject. Citations are resources for recent research and bring the "literature of agriculture to the interested user...." Bibliographies are "derived from computerized on-line searches of the AGRICOLA data base. Timeliness of topic and evidence of extensive interest are the selection criteria." The site's creator "determines the purpose, length, and search strategy of the Quick Bibliography. Information regarding these is available upon request from the author/searcher."
Entries within the site include journal articles, books, and audiovisual materials. Specifications are given as to information provided within entries, to aid in searching. Instructions are also provided for requesting copies of bibliographies featured in the series.
The site is maintained by Jane Gates with the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center; the USDA National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, Maryland.
To Search:
Browse through listings of bibliographies within site.

SB 191.M2 Grain. cereials. Maize. Corn

Maize Genome Database WWW Queries

Summary:
The Maize Genome Database WWW Queries is a division of the Plant Genome Database Program, sponsored by the USDA's Agricultural Research Service. Upon accessing the site, the user will find that the database's homepage is divided into several sections, each with applicable WWW links or links within the site. Of first importance is the "new site additions" area, located at the top of the main page. Here, users find the site's newest additions, with their titles acting as electronic links. Suppliers of the new titles are noted in these listings. Below this area are the general information links: (1) previous new additions; (2) maize cooperators interest areas; (3) previous month's updates (constantly changing); (4) 1998 Maize Meetings information; (5) STOCK requests; (6) PROBE requests; and (7) WWW software.
The "previous additions' area offers trivia, ongoing updates, and a extensive listing of additions from the past three years. Maize cooperators will find related WWW site listings, communication notices, tools, special files, homepages, and nomenclature sources. Updates from the previous month offers graphics as links to update areas; this region is also available in a text version. Upcoming conferences and their details are found in the meetings information link; presently, the "STOCK requests" link was not operable. PROBE requests have a provided form within their link; applications for aid in using this site are found in the software area. Below these links, the various divisions of the homepage begin. First noted is the "Access to Maize DB" area, which is the link for searching the database. Users may access records via the WWW, SYBASE, or ACEDB at the NAL. "Information on Server" section features general information on the database, how to submit information for inclusion, conferences, and a link to the ENZYME Data Bank.
"Submitting information" offers links to the clone library and an updates and corrections section. "Links to other servers" provides access to biology-related sites and bio/chemical sites. To search the Maize database, a user should select the access method from the "Access to Maize DB" homepage section. A query page is then displayed, noting three possible query options: (1) focused -- precise, multiple attributes selection; (2) object-by-name, which denotes precise, single attribute searches; and (3) full text -- offers high recall, low precision searches. Information on searching is found on this query form page. Users hsould note that their browsers must have form capabilities to view some queries. Focused searches involve users selecting from 37 form choices; a second selection is then needed in the attributes category before the database begins its search. Object-by-name searches offer restrictions based on entity, descriptor, and ID number fields. Users preferring the full text search will find a keyword search field and the chance to specify the number of matching records.
The database is sponsored by the Plant Genome Database; Agricultural Genome Information Server; USDA; Agricultural Research Service and the National Agricultural Library; Beltsville, Maryland.
To Search:
Acess databse through "Access to Maize DB" section within homepage. Select access option; query page is then displayed. Select query method and then enter search requests in provided entry fields.

SB 193 Forage Crops. Feed Crops. General Works

Forage Information System

Summary:
The Forage Information System is a worldwide index to information within the field of forage. This site provides the user with direct links to information sources and displays site categories for easier user of the database.
Eight categories offer access to the system: (1) new information; (2) resources; (3) contents; (4) classes; (5) search; (6) organizations; (7) topics; and (8) projects. Under this listing, a detailed description is provided of the categories' offerings and services. Users will find links to people, publications, vendors and media associated with forage. A description of the system, a glossary, an index, a WWW site list, as well as conference and job listings are accessible. Links to projects within the field and university-level forage classes are offered under category links. Topics within the field, as well as forage organizations, are provided. Lastly, a searching mechanism for the system is accessible through the main menu.
Upon accessing the "SEARCH" category, users are able to narrow their searches through a keyword field, as well as through a field to specify the number of possible subject search matches.
The database is maintained by the Crop and Soil Science Department, Oregon State University. Special note is mentioned of David B. Hannaway, who led the design of this WWW site.
To Search:
Select category of interest from site listings. Follow onscreen displays to access information. Or choose "SEARCH" category and submit keyword(s) and other items to initiate search.

SB 203 Forage Crops. Feed Crops. Legumes. General Works

Forage Legumes

Summary:
Forage Legumes, a member of the "Quick Bibliography Series of the National Agricultural Library," is intended "for current awareness, and as the title of the series implies..." is " not [an] indepth exhaustive " bibliography system of any subject. Citations are resources for recent research and bring the "literature of agriculture to the interested user...." Bibliographies are "derived from computerized on-line searches of the AGRICOLA data base. Timeliness of topic and evidence of extensive interest are the selection criteria." The site's creator "determines the purpose, length, and search strategy of the Quick Bibliography. Information regarding these is available upon request from the author/searcher."
Entries within the site include journal articles, books, and audiovisual materials. Specifications are given as to information provided within entries, to aid in searching. Instructions are also provided for requesting copies of bibliographies featured in the series.
The site is maintained by Jane Gates with the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center; the USDA National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, Maryland.
To Search:
Browse through listings of bibliographies within site.

Legumes in Crop Rotations

Summary:
Legumes in Crop Rotations, a member of the "Quick Bibliography Series of the National Agricultural Library," is intended "for current awareness, and as the title of the series implies..." is "not [an] indepth exhaustive" bibliography system of any subject. Citations are resources for recent research and bring the "literature of agriculture to the interested user...." Bibliographies are "derived from computerized on-line searches of the AGRICOLA data base. Timeliness of topic and evidence of extensive interest are the selection criteria." The site's creator "determines the purpose, length, and search strategy of the Quick Bibliography. Information regarding these is available upon request from the author/searcher."
Entries within the site include journal articles, books, and audiovisual materials. Specifications are given as to information provided within entries, to aid in searching. Instructions are also provided for requesting copies of bibliographies featured in the series.
The site is maintained by Jane Gates with the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center; the USDA National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, Maryland.
To Search:
Browse through listings of bibliographies within site.

SB 284 CoverCrops and Green Manure Crops. General Works

UC SAREP Cover Crop Database Search

Summary:
The UC SAREP Cover Crop Database is a service of the University of California, Davis (UC) Sustainable Research and Education Program (SAREP) and includes over 5,000 items from more than 600 separate sources including journals, conferences, textbooks, unpublished data, and personal communications from researchers and farmers. The database contains over "...40 crop species that can be used as cover crops. Each crop description consists of up to 50 different subject categories."
Within the database's main page is a link for searching instructions. Also provided are a keyword search field (for keyword searches) and a search field for author or reference based searches. Results of searches produce a specific subject category with all applicable cover crops. Selecting a crop from the list then reveals its complete record. Topics within a complete record will vary within crop selections; users should expect some variation of information within listings.
Topics within a crop's final record include: a link to view an image of the crop; summary (of various botanical data); growth habit; cultivar; seed production; harvesting; root system; nutrients; salinity tolerance; days to flowering; maximum height; days to maturity; seeding method; biomass; seed availability; pest effects, diseases; pest effects, nematodes; shade tolerance; seeding depth; and mixtures. Additional topics include: pest effects, weeds; pest effects, vertebrates; geographic range; N contribution; effects on livestock; life cycle; incorporation; uses; mature plant description; maintenance; mowing; seedling description; herbicide sensitivity; seed storage; and equipment. Other topics include: non-N nutrient contribution; effects on water, microclimate, soil, workers; seeding dates, establishment; scientific name; common name; temperature; soil pH; soil type; seeding rate; seed cost; water; inoculation; pest effects, insects; seed description; seeding dates; and establishment.
The site is maintained by the University of California, Davis; Sustainable Research and Education Program (UC SAREP); Davis, California.
To Search:
Fill in applicable field within site's main page; select crop of interest from resulting matches to view complete entry.

SB288 Energy Crops. General Works

Biofuels Data Base

Summary:
The Biofuels Data Base is a division of the Biofuels Information Center, which "...maintains technical information on biofuels conversion research conducted under U.S. DOE [Department of Energy] supervision from 1980 to the present." The database is "...a comprehensive collection of all written documentation prepared under the DOE and NREL biofuels programs over the last 15 years.... [It] is intended to enable quick response to inquiries and provide information about biofuels technologies to in-house researchers, NREL and DOE program management, and the private sector."
Within the database's main site page, users will find entry fields for narrowing their searches. Records can be specified through: connectors; sorting preferences; order preferences; keywords; author(s); title(s); publication year; and many additional search fields, found in the closing category. The Biofuels Information Center (BIC) states, "Each citation in the data base is coded for distribution clearance, identifiable by key words, author, title, and more than 30 other variables. Each entry contains a short abstract. Full text documents are not available on-line. However, the citation will contain the source from which the document can be obtained."
Certain sources are obtainable from the NREL Biofuels Information Center, if so noted in the records. Such texts can be requested from the center directly, via e-mail. Links to the information center home page and its other divisions are found at the closing of the database's site page.
The database is maintained by the Biofuels Information Center, operated by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); within the Office of Transportation Technologies (OTT), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
To Search:
Fill in desired search fields within database main page. Submit search to view matching records.

Biofuels Feedstock Development Program Bibliography

Summary:
The BFDP bibliography is a "...compilation of materials published since 1978. It was compiled primarily from information reported to BFDP in the quarterly, annual, and final progress reports of its researchers." It reflects work done by individuals who are part of the Biofuels Feedstock Development Program (BFDP), the"...US Department of Energy's national program to develop low-cost, environmentally acceptable biomass energy crops and cropping systems." The BFDP "...currently supports studies in five areas: woody energy species; herbaceous energy species; environmental research; systems integration and analysis; and scale-up, feasibility, and demonstration."
The compilers state that," Most of the journal articles, books, and conference proceedings are available through libraries or the publisher listed in the citation. Reports published by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory are available through the National Technical Information Service." A mailing address for these publications is contained within the information page of the site.
"Bibliographic style is based on the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Document Preparation Guide with modifications for clarity and ease of use. The citations are listed alphabetically by author. Titles of articles, book chapters, and report sections are enclosed in quotation marks. Journal names, book titles, and report titles are italicized. Report numbers, if available, are included. Keywords compiled and assigned by BFDP staff are listed at the end of each citation."
The site is maintained by Anne Ehrenshaft, Biofuels Feedstock Development Program; Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
To Search:
Customized searches can be executed through using a keyword, author's name, year of publication, and/or title. Mutiple keyword searches are also possible. Site provides detailed instructions for either of these two preferences.

SB 303.V4 Aromatic Plants. By Plant, A-Z. Vetiver

Vetiver Network

Summary:
The Vetiver Network "...is a non profit and tax exempt organi[z]ation, managed by professionals, with the objective of disseminating information on the use of vetiver grass for soil and water conservation, land rehabilitation, embankment stabili[z]ation, and pollution control." Also included are "...other selected technologies that...are important and applicable to related aspects of ... natural resources management...." Within the site's homepage are links to allow users to browse the site with frames or without frames. Likewise, a link is provided to an e-mail area for comments on the site.
Users choosing to browse the site without the aid of frames will find the site's contents in a list format; each title opens its respective contents. When viewing the site with frames, the left frame will constantly display the site's table of contents, which can be viewed through scrolling. The right frame will display the contents of a selected topic. The table of contents features: (1) the site's search engine; (2) new additions; (3) what is the vetiver network; (4) vetiver technology; (5) vetiver technical space; (6) vetiver market place; (7) how to communicate with the vetiver network; (8) newsletters (issues 11-16); (9) regional and national networks; (10) bibliography; (11) links to other sites; (12) projects looking for funding; (13) sources of project funds; (14) participant directories; (15) photo gallery; (16) research; and (17) other technologies.
To search the site, users should select the "search engine" link from the table of contents; then select a type of search engine from the displayed query page. Users should then fill in the provided keyword field; links are present on this page to the Vetiver homepage and for information on queries. Users should select the "excite search" link to begin the search. Resulting matches will be a list of text titles; selecting a title reveals its full text. Users also have access to a short summary of each text and to related texts, via the text's entry in the search results listings.
The site is sponsored by The Vetiver Network; Leesburg, Virginia.
To Search:
Select topic of interest from table of contents to view records. To search database, select "search engine" link and follow onscreen links to view records, in the form of a complete text or short summary.

SB 317.N83 Field Crops. Other Economic Plants, A-Z. Neem

Neem: A Tree for Solving Global Problems

Summary:
Neem: A Tree for Solving Global Problems, a publication of the National Academy Press, is available for browsing through this WWW site, a directory for the National Academy Press Bookstore. Here, users can view and purchase the publication, as well as have access to the various services provided by the National Academy Press Bookstore.
"The neem tree, one of the most promising of all plants, may eventually benefit every person on the planet. Probably no other plant yields as many varied products or has as many exploitable by-products. Indeed, as foreseen by some scientists, this tree may usher in a new era in pest control; provide millions within inexpensive medicines; cut the rate of population growth; and perhaps even reduce erosion, deforestation, and the excessive temperature of an overheated globe. On the other hand, although the enthusiasm may be justified, it is largely founded on exploratory investigations and empirical and anecdotal evidence. The purpose of this book is to marshal the various facts about this little-known species to help illuminate its future promise, and to speed realization of its potential."
A special feature of the site allows the user to order the publication through an onscreen link, as well as to access the various information links within the National Academy Press Bookstore, the bookstore for the publishers of several government research groups.
The site is maintained by the National Academy Press and the National Academy Press Bookstore; Washington, D.C.
To Search:
Follow onscreen links to view publication contents and ordering information. Onscreen links provided to the bookstore and its services, as well as to the National Academy Press homepage.
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