Internet Resources for Biology & Environment
This is not a comprehensive listing of all the subject resources in this area but merely a brief guide to some of them.
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Intute is a free online service providing you with access to the very best web resources for education and research. The service was created by a network of UK universities and partners with subject specialists selecting, evaluating and writing high quality descriptions of the websites listed by the database. Although Intute is still available, the service is no longer funded, so you may find that some of the information is out of date.
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Subject Search Engines & Information Gateways
For agriculture, food and forestry.
For animal health.
A catalogue of selected resources in biology, arranged in library class number order.
The U.K. gateway to information resources for geography and the environment, aimed at the H.E. and F.E. communities. Part of the Resource Discovery Network.
Learning and Teaching Support Network for Bioscience
A network funded by the UK HE Funding Council to support HE/FE institutions delivering biological science courses. Amongst other services, lists a website of the month and previous winners.
Gateway to information and events relating to public understanding of science and science communication. Provides searchable and browsable collection of Internet resources with descriptions, and bibliographies, a calendar of events, and email discussion forum. Topics covered include ethics, science and art and sociology of science.
WWW Virtual Library - Biosciences
Part of the Virtual Library Catalogue, lists sites with relevance to different areas in biology as well as electronic journals and organisations.
WWW Virtual Library - Ecology and Biodiversity
Virtual Library links maintained by the Center for Conservation Biology Network at Rice University in the States.
Yahoo: Environment and Nature
Environment links from Yahoo.
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General Biology and Environment Sites
Biodiversity and Biological Collections WWW Server
This WWW server is devoted to information of interest to systematists and other biologists of the organismic kind. Within the pages there is information about specimens in biological collections, taxonomic authority files, directories of biologists, reports by various standards bodies, and access to on-line journals.
Infomine: Biological, Agricultural and Medical Sciences
Maintained by the University of California this site contains over 2000 links to biological, agricultural and medical resources.
Kimball's Biology Trail
An alphabetical list of Biological terms.
Natural History Book Service
Very good online bookshop for Biology, Conservation and Environment. Sometimes has good bargains.
Natural History Museum
This site contains lots of information about the collections at the museum, the research carried out, and interactive databases to play with.
New Scientist Podcasts
Weekly podcasts on a variety of topics from New Scientist magazine.
Species 2000 is a "Federation" of database organisations working closely with users, taxonomists and sponsoring agencies based at the University of Reading. According to them: "Species 2000 has the objective of enumerating all known species of plants, animals, fungi and microbes on Earth as the baseline dataset for studies of global biodiversity. It will also provide a simple access point enabling users to link from here to other data systems for all groups of organisms, using direct species-links. Users worldwide will be able to verify the scientific name, status and classification of any known species via the Species Locator, which provides access to species checklist data drawn from an array of participating databases."
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Animal Behaviour Sites
Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior (CISAB)
Animal Behavior resource based at Indiana University. Includes links to professional bodies and careers information. Also includes featured articles form the CISDAB's Animal Behavior Bulletin.
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Internet Directory for Botany
A directory of approximately 4000 links to botany sites on the Internet.
Plant Pathology Internet Guide Book
The Plant Pathology Internet Guide Book is an internet resource guide for all aspects of plant pathology, applied entomology and related fields. It is intended as starting point for scientists, students and all who are interested in phytopathology to explore the internet. The compilation of websites is divided into thematic categories in which every link is followed by a brief description of the content of the website.
Royal Botanical Gardens Kew
Contains lots of information about The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, including pictures of the gardens and collections. Also discusses and provides links to information on scientific research, education and conservation.
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Site for a multi-disciplinary research group concerned with sustainability, gives access to the Ecology and Society journal (formerly Conservation Ecology).
Tree of Life
he Tree of Life is a project based at the University of Arizona, designed to contain information about the phylogenetic relationships and characteristics of organisms, to illustrate the diversity and unity of living organisms, and to link biological information available on the Internet in the form of a phylogenetic navigator.
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Environment & Conservation Sites
EnviroLink is a non-profit organization... a grassroots online community that unites hundreds of organizations and volunteers around the world with over 375,000 users daily in more than 100 countries. EnviroLink is dedicated to providing you with the most comprehensive, up-to-date environmental resources available.
A Friends of the Earth initiative aiming to provide facts on UK industrial pollution. You can find "local polluters" by entering a postcode or by locating an area on a UK map. Clickable red spots produce detailed local pollution reports for individual factories based on Environment Agency information. Hyperlinks provide more information on the health hazards of each pollutant. Legal pollution limits for each factory are also retreivable. Also Pollution Facts lists different types of pollution and Toxic Facts provides case studies, campaign guides and other documents.
This is an online global directory for environmental technology. Comprising manufacturers, engineering consultants and information services, this reference source covers the full spectrum of Organisations, Publications & Events; Water & Waste Water Treatment; Waste Management & Recycling; Cleanup & Soil Rehabilitation; Air & Noise Pollution Control; Power Generation & Energy Efficiency; and New & Renewable Energy Technologies.
A resource for nature conservation and countryside management, mainly in England.
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Molecular Biology & Genetics Sites
Dictionary of Cell Biology
he Dictionary of Cell Biology was first published in 1989, and has since been translated into several languages. It is intended to provide quick access to easily understood and cross-referenced definitions of terms frequently encountered in reading the modern biology literature. This server contains the text of the Second edition, published in April 1995, together with enhancements, hypertext links and new entries which are destined for the third edition.
Molecular Gateway to the WWW
Based at Horizon Press this is a gateway to web resources for molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, and biochemistry.
Virtual Library of Biochemistry and Cell Biology
A Guide to Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Cell Biology on the Web.
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Human Anatomy On-line
An interactive guide to the human body. Choose one of 10 anatomical systems and move the cursor to the part of the body you are interested in.
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Biosis Internet Guide for Zoology
Produced by BIOSIS this site is an index and guide to internet resources in zoological and other related life sciences of interest to zoologists.
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Professional Bodies and Organisations
Animal Behavior Society
Home page of the Animal Behaviour Society based in Indiana in the United States.
Home page of the Biochemical Society.
British Ecological Society
Founded in 1913, the British Ecological Society is the oldest of its kind in the world. As a learned Society and registered charity, it is an independent organisation, receiving no outside funds. The aims of the Society are to promote the science of ecology through research, publications and conferences and to use the findings of such research to educate the public and to influence policy decisions which involve ecological matters. The Society is committed to using the science of ecology as a basis for nature conservation, sound environmental management and sustainable development.
British Society for Immunology
Home page of the Society, contains useful links.
Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology is comprised of four component institutes - the Institute of Hydrology, the Institute of Freshwater Ecology, the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, and the Institute of Virology and Environmental Microbiology - all of which have an international reputation for scientific excellence and high quality research. CEH has large interdisciplinary teams undertaking pure and applied research in the terrestrial and aquatic environments, both in rural and urban areas, and at a national and international level.
Company of Biologists
Home page of the Company of Biologists contains full text access to their three journals:
Journal of Cell Science
Journal of Experimental Biology
Conservation International (CI) is a field-based, non-profit organization that protects the Earth's biologically richest areas and helps the people who live there improve their quality of life. CI uses science, economics, policy, and community involvement to promote biodiversity conservation in tropical rain forests and other endangered ecosystems worldwide.
Ecological Society of America
The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization of scientists founded in 1915 to stimulate sound ecological research; clarify and communicate the science of ecology; and promote the responsible application of ecological knowledge to public issues.
Enviromental Organization WebDirectory
A big Internet Directory of Environmental Organisations.
Environmental Protection Agency
Home page of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth is the largest international network of environmental groups in the world, represented in 52 countries.
Homepage of Greenpeace in the UK.
International Organization for Plant Information
he International Organization for Plant Information (IOPI) manages a series of cooperative international projects that aim to create databases of plant taxonomic information.
Institute for Applied Biosciences
The official website of the Institute for Applied Biosciences at Rostock-Warnemünde, Germany.
IUCN - World Conservation Union
A union of government agencies and non-governmental organisations from 140 countries which work to conserve nature.
National Center for Biotechnology Information
Established in 1988 by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, this resource gives access to PubMed Central, an archive of open access life sciences journals, and Entrez, a life sciences search engine.
National Environment Research Council
The Natural Environment Research Council promotes and supports high quality basic, strategic and applied research in terrestrial, marine and freshwater biology, atmospheric, hydrological, oceanographic and polar sciences and Earth observation.
National Human Genome Research Institute
Home page of the Human Genome Project (HGP), an international research program designed to construct detailed genetic and physical maps of the human genome.
Home page of the Society, contains physiology links and contents of the society's journals.
Maintained by Primate Info Net at the Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center this is an international list of primate societies.
Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution
An independent U.K. body advising on environmental issues. Some of its reports are available in PDF format.
Society for Conservation Biology
The Society is an international professional organization dedicated to promoting the scientific study of the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity. The Society's membership comprises a wide range of people interested in the conservation and study of biological diversity: resource managers, educators, government and private conservation workers, and students.
Society for Experimental Biology
The SEB is a non-profit registered charity, dedicated to the promotion of all aspects of experimental biology. It is organised into three Sections (Animal, Cell and Plant biology), which in turn are organised into a number of specialised Groups covering a broad area of comparative physiology, cell and molecular biology.
Society of Biology
The Society of Biology is a single unified voice for biology: advising Government and influencing policy; advancing education and professional development; supporting our members, and engaging and encouraging public interest in the life sciences.
World Conservation Monitoring Centre
The World Conservation Monitoring Centre provides information services on conservation and sustainable use of the world's living resources, and helps others to develop information systems of their own.
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Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Government News Network
This service delivers central and regional government press releases online.
Department of Transport
Information for local government, the transport sector, passengers and motorists.
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As well as the following electronic journals available freely on the Internet, the Library also subscribes to a number of other full text electronic journals through services such as BIDS-Ingenta and NISS-EBSCO. For a full list please see the Index of Biology Journals.
BioMed Central is an independent publishing house committed to providing immediate free access to peer-reviewed biomedical research. The site provides gateways to collections of content and resources from its journals. Individual titles.
Environmental Data Services Ltd
ENDS has published independent environmental information for professionals since 1978. On this website you can Read our European environmental news service, ENDS Environment Daily; Enjoy free access to the Environmental Consultants Directory; Browse listings of environmental jobs, links and events; Sample the respected monthly publication, The ENDS Report.
The web site of Nature magazine contains table of contents and summaries of current issues, indexes of back issues, and jobs section.
This, the home page of Science magazine contains contents and abstracts of current issues and lets you search for back issues.
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BIOSCI is a set of electronic communication forums - the bionet USENET newsgroups and parallel e-mail lists used by biological scientists worldwide.
A mailing list service sponsored by JISC which includes mailing lists relevant to both biology and environment.
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