Monday, November 24, 2008

Agriculture + state laws

Hein Online - Subject Compilations of State Laws
A directory of 18,000+ articles, books, government documents, court opinions & websites that compare state laws on hundreds of subjects.

Subjects include:
  • Agricultural Cooperatives
  • Agricultural Districts
  • Agriculture
  • Biotechnology
  • Corporate Farming
  • Environmental Protection
  • Farm Machinery
  • Farm Products
  • Farmland
  • Farms and Farming
  • Flowers
  • Food
  • Grain Dealers
  • Insects
  • Land Use
  • Organic Farming and Food
  • Pesticides
  • Plants
  • Right to Farm
  • Scientific Research
  • Viruses
  • Wetlands
  • Wildlife
Wisconsin State Statutes
There's also a Subject Matter Index for the Wisconsin Statutes. Topics of interest include:
  • Agricultural societies
  • Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection Dept.
  • Agriculture and farming
  • Animals
  • Cranberries
  • Endangered species
  • Fertilizer
  • Fish and game
  • Food regulation
  • Forest croplands
  • Forests, logging and trees
  • Groundwater protection
  • Insect pests
  • Irrigation
  • Lyme disease
  • Managed forest lands
  • National Forests
  • National Parkways
  • Natural Resources Department
  • Nurseries
  • Pesticides
  • Plants and plant industry
  • Pollution
  • Rural planning
  • Soil
  • Soil and water conservation
  • State Geologist
  • Statistics
  • Weeds

Friday, November 21, 2008

Changes to SciFinder Scholar off-campus use

To set up WiscVPN for Scifinder Scholar access from off-campus:

  1. Reserve a WiscVPN static IP address.
  2. Download and install the current WiscVPN client
  3. Verify that you can connect using the dynamic profile.
  4. Locate the on-campus static profile.
  5. SAVE in the profiles directory of the VPN client - C:\ProgramFiles\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\profiles
  6. Launch WiscVPN.
  7. Click WiscVPN-OnCampusStatic.
  8. Click CONNECT.
  9. Enter your STATIC VPN LOGIN and your NetID PASSWORD.

To access SciFinder Scholar from off-campus:

  1. Launch WiscVPN.
  2. Click WiscVPN-OnCampusStatic.
  3. Click CONNECT.
  4. Launch SciFinder Scholar.

What is the SciFinder Scholar database?

  • Article abstracts from 10,000+ scientific journals
  • Cover-to-cover coverage for more than 1,500 key chemical journals (1994+)
  • Patent references from 57 authorities around the world
  • Abstracts for conference proceedings, technical reports, books, dissertations
  • 39 million+ organic and inorganic chemical substances - synonyms, molecular formulas, structure diagrams, properties
  • 16 million+ single- and multi-step chemical reactions
  • 60 million+ sequences from CAS and GenBank, linked to journal and patent literature
  • Chemical supplier and regulatory information

Subject areas:

  • Biochemistry - agrochemical regulators, biochemical genetics, fermentation, immunochemistry, pharmacology
  • Organic chemistry - amino acids, biomolecules, carbohydrates, organometallic compounds, steroids
  • Macromolecular chemistry - cellulose, lignin, paper, coatings, inks, dyes, organic pigments, synthetic elastomers, textiles, fibers
  • Applied chemistry - air pollution, ceramics, essential oils, cosmetics, fossil fuels, ferrous metals, alloys
  • Physical, inorganic, analytical chemistry - surface chemistry, catalysts, phase equilibrium, nuclear phenomena, electrochemistry

See also: our SciFinder Scholar library guide.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

UW Digital Collections

The UW Digital Collections Center has digitized images and texts across many subject areas.

Here are those most relevant to plant & insect sciences:

Aldo Leopold Archives

Digital Library for the Decorative Arts & Material Culture

Ecology and Natural Resources Collection

History of Science and Technology
Science Collection
State of Wisconsin Collection

Wisconsin Cranberry School Proceedings

Wisconsin Public Land Survey Records

History of UW Horticulture

A Century of Horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison: 1889-1989
By Malcolm N. Dana
Steenbock Library, RBW7 AC 11.5 Ce 333 (4th floor)
  • 1849 -- UW-Madison founded
  • 1883-1885 -- Prof. William Trelease taught horticulture and botany
  • 1885 -- Farm Short Course began; Horticulture participated from beginning
  • 1889 -- Department of Horticulture founded, Prof. Emmett S. Goff hired
  • 1889-1911 -- Located in King Hall; then moved to Horticulture Building
  • 1889-1989 -- 90 faculty over the first century
  • 1903-1917 -- Cranberry Experiment Station, 5 miles west of Port Edwards on Hwy 54
  • 1904 -- Extension education as an assigned responsibility started with appt. of Walter S. Brown
  • 1909 -- Cooperative Extension Service founded; preceded by less formal cooperation and education (ex: with WI Horticultural Society and WI State Cranberry Growers Assn.)
  • 1915 -- Landscape architecture faculty "group" got underway
  • 1916 -- Hancock Ag Research Station, Waushara County - marginally productive "Golden Sands" area with low water-holding capacity, subject to wind erosion and drought; early 1950s started irrigation from subsurface with aluminum pipe
  • 1922 -- Peninsular Agricultural Research Station near Sturgeon Bay - apples, sour cherries, etc.
  • 1934 -- Arboretum dedicated; Prof. Longenecker was its 1st director
  • 1960 -- Acquired 160-acre farm, now connected to Arlington Ag Research Station; previous plots had been on site of Russell Labs, Babcock Hall, Nielsen Stadium, WARF building, and Parking lot 60
  • 1960-1980 -- Built 10 greenhouses on Walnut St., and 9 at Arlington
  • 1963 -- Plant Pathology moved to Russell Labs
  • 1963-1967 -- UW CALS had contract with USAID for on-site faculty assistance at selected institutions outside U.S. - Horticulture faculty worked in Nigeria and Brazil
  • 1964 -- Landscape Architecture founded as separate department, under Prof. Longenecker
  • 1970s -- Added Horticulture Annex at 2105 Herrick Lane
  • 1974 -- Transferred Rhinelander Agricultural Research Station to the Experimental Farms Office
  • mid1970s -- Up until now, offered PhDs only on a joint major basis with other depts.
  • mid1970s -- Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics major founded
  • 1989 -- New "outdoor classroom garden" [Allen Centennial] under construction by "Old President's House"
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P. 7 "At the time of his retirement [Ray H.] Roberts was working with substances extracted from green plants by immersing them in refined oil. Storing the oil and dissolved material in a freezer resulted in small quantities of crystalline material forming in the bottom of the container. Roberts obtained growth regulator effects from his "anthogens," and at one time proposed he had isolated the flowering hormone, florigen. The crystalline substance was supposed to suppress skin cancer formation in mice. Unfortunately, the crude method of extraction apparently resulted in different materials being extracted at different times and perhaps several compounds being mixed. In any event, chemists were never able to identify any specific substance, and thus the work was all lost when Roberts, in failing health, left the department."

P. 19 "Unfortunately, no accurate record of successful advanced degree candidates has been maintained over the years. Before 1950 there were few graduate students, but after 1950 the number of enrolled graduate students has ranged from 30-60 in all semesters with about half being masters degree candidates and half PhD candidates. Over 100 PhDs were granted between 1950 and 1988 and a greater number of masters degrees."

[Cranberry image from UW-Madison Department of Horticulture website]

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New research tool: Alt-Press Watch

  • Added 11/17/08 for all UW-Madison faculty/staff/students or on-site library users
  • Articles from 190+ magazines and local newsweeklies
  • Contains full-text articles, unlike Alternative Press Index (abstracts 250 publications)
Selected publications:
  • Alternatives Journal
  • E: the Environmental Magazine
  • Earth First!
  • Econews
  • Environment
  • Foreign Policy in Focus
  • Global Pesticide Campaigner
  • High Country News
  • In These Times
  • The Isthmus
  • Mother Earth News
  • Multinational Monitor
  • New Internationalist
  • Plenty
  • Rachel's Democracy & Health News
  • Utne Reader
  • World Watch