Friday, July 31, 2009

Ulrich's Periodicals Directory maintenance: 7/31

The UW Libraries subscription to Ulrich's Periodicals Directory may be unavailable for as long as six hours on Friday, July 31, from 8:00 pm – 2:00 am Central Time. is an authoritative source of information on and reviews for more than 300,000 periodicals — scholarly journals (including open access publications), magazines, newspapers, newsletters, zines and more from around the world.

Search for active, ceased and forthcoming periodicals by title, ISSN, subject, publisher/distributor, peer reviewed/refereed status, keyword, abstracting and indexing services, country/state/city of publication, language, frequency, open access status, price, etc.

Ulrich's is also connected to Journal Citation Reports (JCR), WorldCat, and UW-Madison's "Find It" tool.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Informaworld maintenance: 8/1

The Informaworld database will be down:
  • Saturday, August 1st 5:00am- 7:00am
Informaworld is the interface for several publisher imprints, including Taylor & Francis and Routledge. Publications affected include:

Monday, July 20, 2009

Journal use at the UW-Madison

Online journal usage statistics for selected titles related to the plant and insect sciences at the UW-Madison:

Title - # Articles Accessed 2008

Cell - 26,926

Journal of Molecular Biology - 13,134

Current Biology - 9,482

Molecular Cell - 8,752

FEBS Letters - 7,193

Molecular Microbiology - 4,770

Virology - 4,344

Gene - 4,200

Forest Ecology and Management - 3,939

Current Opinion in Cell Biology - 3,629

Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences - 3,306

Chemistry & Biology - 3,247

Trends in Ecology and Evolution - 3,199

Current Opinion in Chemical Biology - 3,071

Trends in Cell Biology - 3,069
Atmospheric Environment - 2,971

Current Opinion in Structural Biology - 2,967

Biological Conservation - 2,849

Current Opinion in Plant Biology - 2,810

Current Opinion in Biotechnology - 2,791

Trends in Genetics - 2,625

Trends in Plant Science - 2,561

Soil Biology and Biochemistry - 2,451

Current Opinion in Microbiology - 2,435
Remote Sensing of Environment - 2,387

Ecological Modelling - 2,367
Journal of Power Sources - 2,290

Journal of Biotechnology - 2,260

Trends in Microbiology - 2,253

FEBS Journal - 2,139

Conservation Biology - 2,137

Chemosphere - 1,948

Biotechnology and Bioengineering - 1,888

Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment - 1,799

Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology - 1,643

Cellular and molecular life sciences (CMLS) - 1,523

New Phytologist - 1,488

Proteomics - 1,480

Global Change Biology - 1,454

Oecologia - 1,452
Ecology Letters - 1,336

Science of the Total Environment - 1,334

Molecular Ecology - 1,317

FEMS Microbiology Letters - 1,264

Journal of Cellular Physiology - 1,249

Environmental Microbiology - 1,223

BioEssays - 1,208

Genomics - 1,204
Bioresource Technology - 1,074

Fungal Genetics and Biology - 1,064

FEMS Microbiology Letters - 1,049
Journal of Applied Microbiology - 1,024

Restoration Ecology - 997

Cellular Microbiology - 964

Landscape Ecology - 963

Animal Feed Science and Technology - 880
Plant Molecular Biology - 874

Ecosystems - 863

Plant Science - 859

Biometrics - 839

Journal of Applied Ecology - 808

Planta - 791

Environmental Management - 757

Biotechnology Letters - 695

Climatic Change - 679

Cytometry Part A - 639

Plant Cell & Environment - 623

FEMS Microbiology Ecology - 576

Plant and Soil - 573
Agricultural and Forest Meteorology - 564

Microbial Ecology - 563

Global Environmental Change - 551

Journal of Ecology - 546

Euphytica - 542

Biological Invasions - 534

Journal of Biogeography - 519

Plant Ecology - 483

Virus Research - 483

Biodiversity and Conservation - 470

Molecular genetics and genomics (MGG) - 463

Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture - 459

Biogeochemistry - 441

Journal of Cereal Science - 436

Archives of Microbiology - 429

Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology - 417

Journal of industrial microbiology & biotechnology - 415

Oikos - 412

Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - 365

Friday, July 17, 2009

Biopesticide success with locust infestation

Green Muscle™ is a biopesticide that's proving successful against locusts in Africa. It consists of the spores of the Metarhizium anisopliae fungus, and is sprayed as a mineral oil suspension. Developed out of the LUBILOSA project, it is now produced by Biological Control Products (BCP) in South Africa and SenBio in Senegal. It has not as yet been approved for use in the United States.





Sunday, July 5, 2009

Blight affecting tomatoes and potatoes


UPDATE August 5, 2009: The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection confirms that late blight on tomato has appeared in Dane and Rock counties, the first cases of the disease in the state in six years. Full article: LATE BLIGHT ALERT

Gardeners are being warned to destroy any Solanaceae plants (tomato, potato, eggplant) suspected of suffering from "late blight" disease, especially those purchased from big box stores.

The disease, associated with the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840's, is caused by the Phytophthora infestans fungus. While not harmful to humans, it is extremely contagious and deadly to plants.


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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Ant symbiosis and Biofuels

[Photo: B W Hoffman]

UW-Madison Communications recently covered a project of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center to sequence the genome of ants that break down and digest cellulose, along with their associated fungi and bacteria ("Sequencing effort to chart ants and their ecosystem").

Recent publications by this project's researchers include:

Adams, A.S., Currie, C.R., Cardozea, Y.J., Klepzig, K.D., & Raffa, K. 2009. Effects of symbiotic bacteria and tree chemistry on the growth and reproduction of bark beetle fungal symbionts. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 39(6): 1133–1147.

Caldera, E.J., Poulsen, M., Suen, G., & Currie, C.R. 2009. Insect symbioses: a case study of past, present, and future fungus-growing ant research. Environmental Entomology 38: 78-92.

Ivens, A.B.F.; Nash, D.R.; Poulsen, M.; Boomsma, J.J. 2009. Caste-specific symbiont policing by workers of Acromyrmex fungus-growing ants. Behavioral Ecology 20:2, 378-384.

Little, A.E.F & Currie, C.R. 2008. Black yeast symbionts compromise the efficiency of antibiotic defenses in fungus-growing ants. Ecology 89: 1216-1222.

Oh, D.C, Scott, J.J., Currie, C.R., & Clardy, J. 2009. Mycangimycin: a polyene peroxide from a symbiotic Streptomyces sp. Organic Letters 11: 633-636.

Oh, D.C., Poulsen, M., Currie, C.R., & Clardy, J. 2009. Dentigerumycin: the bacterially produced molecular mediator of a fungus-growing ant symbiosis. Nature Chemical Biology 5: 391-393.

Oh, D.C., Scott, J.J., Poulsen, M.Z., Currie, C.R., & Clardy, J. 2008. Discovery of new secondary metabolites mediating insect-microorganism symbioses. Planta Medica 74(9): 906.

Poulsen, M., Fernandez-Marin, H., Wcislo, W.T., Currie, C.R., & Boomsma, J.J. (in press). Ephemeral windows of opportunity maintain horizontal transmission of fungal symbionts in leaf-cutting ants. Evolution.

Poulsen, M. & Currie, C.R. 2009. On ants, plants and fungi. New Phytologist 182(4): 785-788.

Scott, J.J., Oh, D.C., Yuceer, M.C., Klepzig, K.D., Clardy, J., et al. 2008. Bacterial protection of beetle-fungus mutualism. Science 322: 63.

Library Express system maintenance 7/3-7/4

Library Express will be unavailable from 10 pm on Friday night (July 3) until 3 am Saturday morning (July 4) for system maintenance. **

What is Library Express?

Library Express is the UW-Madison's "document delivery" and "interlibrary loan" (ILL) service.

UW-Madison students, staff and faculty may also use Library Express to request books sent by mail, if they're living outside of Dane County. For more information, see Distance Services.

What can be requested?

  • Articles scanned from print journals located on campus
  • Articles not available in print on campus, or through online subscription
  • Books not available in print on campus, or through online subscription

What can NOT be requested?

  • More than 50 requests per week
  • Books available on campus - instead, use "Place Requests" in MadCat to have these sent to your preferred pick-up library
  • Books available at other UW System campuses (ex: UW-Milwaukee) - instead, use "UW System Search" in MadCat and "Place Requests" to have these sent to your preferred pick-up library
  • Articles longer than 50 pages from journals that are available in print on campus. However, if the article is not available on-campus, then there is no page limit.
  • Articles available in full-text PDF online through library subscriptions - check find it button
  • These items are very difficult to borrow from off-campus:
    • Audiovisual materials including videos and CDs
    • Computer software and manuals
    • Genealogical resources
    • Materials for class reserve or group use - talk to your Reserves contact about purchasing copies instead
    • Rare books
    • Recently published books - if rejected, use the "Purchase Recommendation form"
    • Reference materials
    • Technical reports and standards
    • Textbooks
    • Whole volumes or issues of periodicals