Cacti: Biology and Uses

By Park S. Nobel

The Cactaceae relations, with approximately 16 hundred species, is cultivated world wide for end result, forage, fodder, or even as a vegetable. Cacti are well-known for his or her appealing flora, certain stem shapes, and skill to tolerate drought. due to their effective use of water and different diversifications, organic and agronomic curiosity in cacti has soared. those interesting vegetation even have a lot to educate us approximately biodiversity and conservation. but a present, man made, wide-ranging reference on cacti has no longer been to be had before. This complete booklet, compiled by means of a widely known cactus biologist, contains authoritative, up to date chapters through thirty-five members from world wide on themes starting from evolution to biotechnology. it's the first e-book of its variety to bring together info on cactus biology, ecology, and makes use of in a single handy place.

The first half the ebook presents an intensive review of cactus biology and morphology and discusses the environmental and conservation matters that impact the crops. It features a dialogue of the evolution of the relations, paying specific recognition to new genetic and molecular ways. the second one 1/2 the e-book specializes in the sensible issues of cultivating cacti, equivalent to pest regulate and ailments, horticultural and forage purposes, and methods for agronomy. different chapters hide different markets for cacti and items which are made up of them.

This targeted quantity should be a competent and informative reference for ecologists and environmentalists, agriculturists, plant biologists, and a person heavily drawn to those outstanding plants.

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Guide to Standard Floras of the World: An Annotated, Geographically Arranged Systematic Bibliography of the Principal Floras, Enumerations, Checklists and Chorological Atlases of Different Areas (2nd Edition)

By David G. Frodin

Publish 12 months note: First released 1984 moment variation 2001

This ebook offers a selective annotated bibliography of the vital floras and comparable works of stock for vascular crops.

The second edition has been thoroughly up-to-date and extended take into consideration the great literature of the overdue 20th century, and lines a extra totally constructed evaluate of the historical past of floristic documentation.

The works coated during this quantity are mostly expert guides similar to floras, checklists, distribution atlases, systematic iconographies and enumerations, or catalogues. moreover, a few popularly orientated books also are integrated. The Guide is prepared in ten geographical divisions, with those successively divided into areas and devices, each one of that is prefaced with a ancient assessment of floristic stories.

The booklet additionally comprises normal chapters on botanical bibliography, the historical past of floras, normal ideas and present tendencies, plus an appendix on bibliographic looking out, a lexicon of serial abbreviations, and writer and geographical indexes.

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Bees: Nature's Little Wonders

The bee could have a mind the scale of a grass seed, yet in its short, five-week existence it really works as a brood nurse, wax manufacturer, comb builder, honey maker, domestic defend, and floral forager. Bees: Nature's Little Wonders invitations readers to take a brand new examine creatures which are either commonly used and wondrously strange. It considers the variety and biology of bees, together with their ordinary sociosexual preparations (pity the terrible drone), their quirky relationships with plant life, and their startling psychological skills: What are we to make of bugs that speak via symbolic dances? The booklet additionally addresses the mysterious syndrome referred to as colony cave in illness and identifies possibilities for the conservation of pollinators. Enriched with cultural sidebars and complemented by way of a gorgeous choice of pictures, Bees is a must-read for conservationists, gardeners, and everybody else who cares concerning the global round them.

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

By Elizabeth Kolbert


A significant e-book concerning the way forward for the realm, mixing highbrow and average background and box reporting right into a strong account of the mass extinction unfolding earlier than our eyes

Over the final half-billion years, there were 5 mass extinctions, whilst the variety of existence in the world without warning and dramatically reduced in size. Scientists all over the world are at the moment tracking the 6th extinction, expected to be the main devastating extinction occasion because the asteroid influence that burnt up the dinosaurs. This time round, the cataclysm is us. In prose that's instantaneously frank, exciting, and deeply expert, New Yorker author Elizabeth Kolbert tells us why and the way people have altered existence in the world in a manner no species has earlier than. Interweaving learn in part a dozen disciplines, descriptions of the attention-grabbing species that experience already been misplaced, and the heritage of extinction as an idea, Kolbert presents a relocating and entire account of the disappearances happening ahead of our very eyes. She exhibits that the 6th extinction is perhaps mankind's longest enduring legacy, compelling us to reconsider the elemental query of what it potential to be human.

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Biological Modeling and Simulation: A Survey of Practical Models, Algorithms, and Numerical Methods (Computational Molecular Biology)

By Russell Schwartz

There are many glorious computational biology assets now on hand for studying approximately tools which have been built to handle particular organic platforms, yet relatively little cognizance has been paid to education aspiring computational biologists to deal with new and unanticipated difficulties. this article is meant to fill that hole via instructing scholars how you can cause approximately constructing formal mathematical types of organic structures which are amenable to computational research. It collects in a single position a range of extensively important types, algorithms, and theoretical research instruments quite often came upon scattered between many different disciplines. It thereby offers the aspiring pupil a bag of tips that would serve her or him good in modeling difficulties drawn from quite a few subfields of biology. those strategies are taught from the point of view of what the practitioner must recognize to exploit them successfully, supplemented with references for extra analyzing on extra complicated use of every procedure lined. The textual content, which grew out of a category taught at Carnegie Mellon college, covers types for optimization, simulation and sampling, and parameter tuning. those issues offer a basic framework for studying the right way to formulate mathematical types of organic platforms, what ideas can be found to paintings with those versions, and the way to slot the types to specific structures. Their program is illustrated by way of many examples drawn from a number of organic disciplines and a number of other prolonged case reports that convey how the tools defined were utilized to actual difficulties in biology.

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Physics, Nature and Society: A Guide to Order and Complexity in Our World (The Frontiers Collection)

This wide-ranging and obtainable booklet serves as a desirable consultant to the concepts and ideas that support us comprehend the bounds among physics, at the one hand, and sociology, economics, and biology at the different. From cooperation and criticality to flock dynamics and fractals, the writer addresses a few of the themes belonging to the wide topic of complexity. He chooses first-class examples (requiring no past mathematical wisdom) to light up those rules and their implications. The vigorous type and transparent description of the proper types will charm either to beginners and people with an present wisdom of the field.

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Lectures in Astrobiology, Volume 1

By Muriel Gargaud

This e-book is the 1st accomplished textbook on the graduate point encompassing all points linked to the rising box of astrobiology. quantity I gathers a fist set of in depth lectures that conceal a extensive variety of subject matters, from the formation of sun procedure to the search for the main primitive lifestyles types that emerged at the early Earth.

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Seven Experiments That Could Change the World: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Revolutionary Science (2nd Edition with Update on Results)

By Rupert Sheldrake

Examines the realities of unexplained average phenomenon and gives factors that push the limits of science.

• appears at animal telepathy and the facility of pigeons to home.

• Proves the purpose that "big questions don't desire enormous science".

• famous scientist Rupert Sheldrake is a former examine fellow of the Royal Society.

• new version with an replace on Results.

How does your puppy "know" if you are coming domestic? How do pigeons "home"? Can humans feel a "phantom" amputated arm? those questions and extra shape the foundation of Sheldrake's examine the area of latest technological know-how as he places the most adored assumptions of tested technology to the attempt. What Sheldrake discovers is that convinced medical ideals are so greatly taken without any consideration that they're now not considered as theories yet are obvious as clinical logic. within the precise spirit of technological know-how, Sheldrake examines seven of those ideals. Refusing to permit highbrow dogmatism effect his look for the reality, Sheldrake provides basic experiments that permit the curious and the skeptical to hitch in his trip of discovery. His experiments examine how medical learn is usually biased opposed to unforeseen styles that emerge and the way a researcher's expectancies can impact the consequences. He additionally examines the taboo of taking pets heavily and explores the query of human extrasensory belief. maybe most crucial, he questions the proposal that technology has to be pricey so as to in attaining vital effects, displaying that reasonably cheap equipment can certainly shake the very foundations of technological know-how as we all know it.

In this compelling and clever booklet, Sheldrake bargains no preconceived knowledge or effortless answers--just an open invitation to discover the unknown, create new technology, and maybe, even switch the area.

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Applied Statistical Genetics with R: For Population-based Association Studies (Use R!)

By Andrea S. Foulkes

Statistical genetics has turn into a center direction in lots of graduate courses in public healthiness and medication. This publication provides basic recommendations and ideas during this rising box at a degree that's available to scholars and researchers with a primary path in biostatistics. broad examples are supplied utilizing publicly on hand facts and the open resource, statistical computing surroundings, R.

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His Brother's Keeper: A Story from the Edge of Medicine

By Jonathan Weiner

From Jonathan Weiner, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of The Beak of the Finch, comes His Brother's Keeper -- the tale of a tender entrepreneur who gambles at the dicy technological know-how of gene remedy to attempt to avoid wasting his brother's life.

Stephen Heywood was once twenty-nine years outdated whilst he discovered that he used to be loss of life of ALS -- Lou Gehrig's ailment. nearly in a single day his older brother, Jamie, grew to become himself right into a genetic engineer in a quixotic race to therapy the incurable. His Brother's Keeper is a robust account in their tale, as they commute jointly to the sting of medicine.

The ebook brings domestic for we all the hopes and fears of the hot biology. during this dramatic and suspenseful narrative, Jonathan Weiner supplies us a amazing portrait of technological know-how and medication at the present time. We know about gene treatment, stem cells, mind vaccines, and different novel remedies for such nerve-death ailments as ALS, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's -- ailments that afflict thousands, and contact the lives of many more.

It seems that the writer has a private stake within the tale to boot. while he met the Heywood brothers, his personal mom was once loss of life of a unprecedented nerve-death affliction. The Heywoods' gene therapist provided to attempt to avoid wasting her, too.

"The Heywoods' tale taught me many stuff concerning the nature of therapeutic within the new millennium," Weiner writes. "They additionally taught me approximately what has now not replaced because the time of the ancients and should by no means switch so long as there are people -- approximately what Lucretius calls ‘the ever-living wound of love.'

"The Heywoods suggest the complete tale to me now: an allegory from the sting of medication. a narrative to make us ask ourselves questions that we have got to invite yet do not need to invite. How a lot of existence will we engineer? How a lot is authorized us?

"What might you do to avoid wasting your brother's life?"

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