Friday, July 30, 2010

Precision agriculture

Highly-cited Articles:
  • Pinter, P.J., Hatfield, J.L., Schepers, J.S., Barnes, E.M., Moran, M.S., Daughtry, C.S.T., Upchurch, D.R. (2003). Remote sensing for crop management. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 69(6): 647-664.
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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Trial journal subscriptions at UW-Madison

The following trial subscriptions aren't guaranteed to last...

But the more you use them, the more likely it is that they'll stick around!

Analytical Methods - a new monthly peer-reviewed journal from the Royal Society of Chemistry, communicating research on the advancement of analytical techniques for use by the wider scientific community.

Example article: Clarke, D.B. (2010). Glucosinolates, structures and analysis in foodAnal. Methods, 2(4): 310-325.

Integrative Biology - publishes research that contributes to a quantitative understanding of how component properties at one level in the dimensional scale (nano to macro) determine biosystem behavior at a higher level of complexity.  New journal from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Example article: Kämpf, M.M. and Weber, W. (2010). Synthetic biology in the analysis and engineering of signaling processes, Integr. Biol., 2(1): 12-24.

Journal of Systematics and Evolution - this plant-focused journal covers descriptions of new taxa, monographic revision, phylogenetics, molecular evolution and genome evolution, evolutionary developmental biology, evolutionary ecology, population biology, conservation biology, biogeography, paleobiology, evolutionary theories, and related subjects.  Formerly titled Acta Phytotaxonomica Sinica.

Example article: Ning, S.Z., Chen, Q.J., Yuan, Z.W., Zhang, L.Q., Yan, Z.H., Zheng, Y.L., and Liu, D.C. (2009). Characterization of WAP2 gene in Aegilops tauschii and comparison with homoeologous loci in wheat, Journal of Systematics and Evolution, 47(6): 543-551.

Metallomics - a new frontier in the investigation of trace elements in biology; expected to develop as an interdisciplinary science complementary to genomics and proteomics. This new journal from the Royal Society of Chemistry covers research fields related to metals and biometals in biological, environmental, and clinical systems.

Example article: Ogra, Y., Okubo, E., and Takahira, M. (2010). Distinct uptake of tellurate from selenate in a selenium accumulator, Indian mustard (Brassica juncea), Metallomics, 2(5): 328-333.

Nanoscale - a collaborative venture between the Royal Society of Chemistry and the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST) in Beijing, China.

Example article: Sun, D., Yang, J., and Wang, X. (2010). Bacterial cellulose/TiO2 hybrid nanofibers prepared by the surface hydrolysis method with molecular precisionNanoscale, 2(2): 287-292.

Statistical Analysis and Data Mining - addresses data analysis, including data mining algorithms, statistical approaches, and practical applications. Topics include problems involving massive and complex datasets, solutions utilizing innovative algorithms and/or novel statistical approaches, and the objective evaluation of analyses and solutions.

Example article: Doddareddy, M.R., van Westen, G.J.P., van der Horst, E., Peironcely, J.E., Corthals, F., Ijzerman, A.P., Emmerich, M., Jenkins, J.L., and Bender, A. (2009). Chemogenomics: Looking at biology through the lens of chemistry. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining, 2(3): 149-160.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Insects and Biofuels

Researchers are studying the interactions of insects, plants, fungi & microbes for clues to maximizing the production and efficiency of biofuels...

  • Special issue of Insect Science (June 2010): "Exploring and integrating cellulolytic systems of insects to advance biofuel technology"

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