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View Resource Fuzzy Set Ordination Web Page

Commonly used by plant community ecologists, Fuzzy Set Ordination (FSO) is a technique for "find[ing] associations between site factors and species distributions." Richard Boyce, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Denver in Colorado, has put together this Website on Fuzzy Set Ordination. The site offers background descriptions of FSO as well as a dozen suggested key...

View Resource What's Wrong With My Plant?

A useful resource for amateur horticulturists from the University of Minnesota Extension Service, Yard and Garden Clinic. The focus here is on commonly used perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees in the home garden and the inevitable problems one must face while gardening in a northern climate. Based on visual observations of symptoms, the navigation is easy, and the solutions equally...

View Resource Crop Biosecurity and Countering Agricultural Terrorism

This Web site from the American Phytopathologicol Society (APS) relates APS positions and recommendations on countering agricultural terrorism through crop biosecurity. The detailed white paper, which includes relevant links and some photos, indicates differences between the US government and the scientific community over how to handle agricultural bioterrorism, and identifies still unmet needs...

View Resource Plants Database

The US Department of Agriculture's Plants Database is continually adding improvements. Most recently, the Web site has added an advanced query to allow users to search for specific plant data based on many different search characteristics. This new feature is also user friendly; by clicking on any of the fields, a definition of the field is displayed. Also new are targeted links that allow you to...

View Resource Ex Situ Gene Conservation for Conifers in the Pacific Northwest

This current report from the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station evaluates the genetic resource status of several Pacific Northwest timber species. The 60-page report can be viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader. The report finds that species like ponderosa pine, noble fir, and western hemlock have "extensive genetic resources in ex situ forms," while the...

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