Information Technology, Plant Pathology and Biodiversity
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: United Kingdom, 01 December 1997
By: P. Bridge (Edited by), etc. (Edited by), P. Jeffries (Edited by), D.R. Morse (Edited by)
Information technology is revolutionising the handling of biological information. The British Society for Plant Pathology (BSPP) has been at the forefront of several initiatives in handling information electronically, while the Systematics Association has a long-standing involvement in computer-based species identification. BSPP and the Systematics association recognised the opportunity to join forces and develop a combined programme for a conference on these themes, which was held in December 1996 at the University of Kent at Canterbury. This book presents 40 edited and revised papers from that conference. The topics covered are wide-ranging and focus on several themes. There are papers on subjects as diverse as biological databases, geographic information systems, probabilistic identification systems, and electronic teaching aids. Written by authors from Europe, North and Central America, China, India and New Zealand, the book provides review for plant pathologists and taxonomists, as well as other biologists wishing to keep up with the information revolution.Reviews Based on a conference held in 1996, this book is thoughtfully organized into nine parts that reflect both the themes and content of the conference . . . [It] has 'something for everyone, ' and individual articles cover topics as diverse as managing international quarantine information, geographic information systems (GIS), taxonomic applications of IT, the role of a professional society in IT, and electronic teaching aids for classroom instruction. . . . One progressive aspect of this book is the complementary presentation of the program and abstracts of the conference, with links to related information on the internet. . . . [T]he book is edited well and the index is organized with additional details such as major references, diagrams, photographs and tables highlighted in bold or italic. This book is unique because it presents a broad overview of the applications of IT to plant pathology and biodiversity. I found it both interesting and stimulating. --The Quarterly Review of Biology