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Feb 15, 2006 (Vol. 26, No. 4)

Botany Home Page

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By its own description the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) is a "broad, collaborative program to provide increased access to data and information on the nation's biological resources." Towards this end, three of the topics covered on the site (botany, genetic biodiversity, and fisheries/aquatic resources) are grist for this month's Best of the Web mill. Each of the main site's topic areas provides access to a hierarchically arranged set of subtopics. The Botany page has an excellent set of listings on everything from botanical history and paleobotany to economic botany, forestry, and gardening. The site explodes with useful references and, to top it off, they are VERY easy to find. A no brainer to recommend—go check it out.
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