• Children's & YA
      November 2015

      AbbeyLoo and Gus the Talking Toad

      by Tammy Cortez

      AbbeyLoo is a curious little girl with a BIG imagination. This imagination takes AbbeyLoo to some very exciting and often unexpected places. AbbeyLoo loves exploring her backyard. There is always something new to see. Her favorite find is the many toads that roam her backyard. AbbeyLoo loves to carefully catch the toads and pet them and talk to them. Normally they don’t talk back, but today is totally different. Follow along with AbbeyLoo on her latest adventure as she meets Gus, the talking toad.

    • Zoology & animal sciences
      June 2017

      Rice insect pests and their management

      by Prof. E. A. Heinrichs, Dr Francis E. Nwilene, Professor Michael J. Stout, Dr Buyung A. R. Hadi and Dr Thais Freitas

      The rice plant is an ideal host for many insect species. All of the plant parts are vulnerable to insect-feeding from the time of sowing till harvest. There are over 800 insect species damaging rice in one way or another, although the majority of them do very little damage. In tropical Asia only about 20 species are of major importance. In Africa, 15 species of insects are considered major rice pests and in the Americas about 20 species are considered major pests.To develop effective pest management strategies, it is essential to properly identify and understand the biology and ecology of insect pests and the arthropods that help regulate their populations. This book effectively utilizes the unique knowledge and expertise of leading rice entomologists from Africa, Asia and the Americas to provide the first global coverage of rice insect pests. The discussion of each pest includes geographical distribution, plant hosts other than rice, description and biology, plant damage and ecology.

    • Science & Mathematics
      August 2018


      by E Heuvelink

      This new edition of a successful, practical book provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of all aspects of the production of the tomato crop, within the context of the global tomato industry. Tomatoes are one of the most important horticultural crops in both temperate and tropical regions and this book explores our current knowledge of the scientific principles underlying their biology and production.Tomatoes 2nd Edition covers genetics and breeding, developmental processes, crop growth and yield, fruit ripening and quality, irrigation and fertilisation, crop protection, production in the open field, greenhouse production, and postharvest biology and handling. It has been updated to:- reflect advances in the field, such as developments in molecular plant breeding, crop and product physiology, and production systems.- include a new chapter on organic tomato production.- present photos in full colour throughout.Authored by an international team of experts, this book is essential for growers, extension workers, industry personnel, and horticulture students and lecturers.

    • Science & Mathematics
      July 2018

      Practical Feline Behaviour

      Understanding Cat Behaviour and Improving Welfare

      by Trudi Atkinson

      Practical Feline Behaviour contains all the relevant information that a veterinary nurse or technician needs to understand and handle the behaviour and welfare of house cats, and to offer safe and practical advice to clients. There have been ground-breaking advances in our understanding of feline behaviour in recent years and, to protect the welfare of cats, it is increasingly important that anyone involved with their care, especially those in a professional capacity, keep up to date with these developments. This approachable and down-to-earth text describes the internal and external influences on feline behaviour; on communication, learning, social behaviour, the relationship between behaviour and disease, and the cat - human relationship. It also provides practical advice on how the welfare of cats in our care may be protected and how behaviour problems should be addressed and how to avoid them. In this book Trudi Atkinson draws on her extensive experience as a veterinary nurse and a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist to provide a rapid reference and an intensely practical feline behaviour resource for owners, breeders, veterinary professionals, shelter and cattery workers and anyone involved in the care of our feline companions. - Practical, down to earth guide detailing all aspects of feline behaviour - Rapid reference for instant access to information - Written by a well-known animal behaviourist who has extensive experience in treating feline behaviour problems and in advising clients to protect the welfare of their cats - Includes a foreword by John Bradshaw, School of Veterinary Science at University of Bristol, UK

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      January 2019

      Technikfolgenabschätzung des CRISPR/Cas-Systems

      Über die Anwendung in der menschlichen Keimbahn

      by Annika Hardt

      Der gezielte Eingriff in die menschliche Keimbahn galt lange Zeit als Phantasma. Doch seit Beschreibung des CRISPR/Cas Systems als potentielle "Genschere" im Jahr 2012 scheint die Idee der präzisen Veränderung des Genoms menschlicher Keimzellen und Embryonen in greifbare Nähe gerückt zu sein. Während bereits mehrere Experimente mit dieser Methode an menschlichen Embryonen im Ausland publiziert wurden, ist jedoch die Diskussion um die medizinischen, ethischen und gesellschaftlichen Implikationen einer möglichen Keimbahntherapie längst nicht abgeschlossen.Dieses Buch umfasst eine detaillierte und kritische Betrachtung einschlägiger und nicht selten altbekannter Argumente in bioethischen Kontroversen und leistet deren Einordnung in den spezifischen Kontext der Debatte um einen Eingriff in die menschliche Keimbahn. Es beinhaltet eine profunde Nutzen-Risiko-Darstellung, die sowohl individuelle als auch gesellschaftliche Aspekte berücksichtigt, und bietet eine differenzierte Auseinandersetzung mit den unterschiedlichen Positionen in der Diskussion um die umstrittene Intervention.

    • Biography: science, technology & engineering
      March 2015

      Thank you, Madagascar

      Conservation Diaries of Alison Jolly

      by Alison Jolly

      Madagascar is one of the world’s natural jewels, with over ninety per cent of its wildlife found nowhere else on Earth. Few people knew it better than the pioneering primatologist and conservationist, Alison Jolly. Thank You, Madagascar is her eyewitness account of the extraordinary biodiversity of the island, and the environment of its people. At the book’s heart is a conflict between three different views of nature. Is the extraordinary forest treasure-house of Madagascar a heritage for the entire world? Is it a legacy of the forest dwellers’ ancestors, bequeathed to serve the needs of their living descendants? Or is it an economic resource to be pillaged for short-term gain and to be preserved only to deliver benefits for those with political power? Exploring and questioning these different views, this is a beautifully written diary and a tribute to Madagascar.

    • Medicine
      September 2014

      The Dark Side, Real Life Accounts of an NHS Paramedic

      The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly

      by Andy Thompson

      Andy Thompson’s true-to-life, graphic and gripping account of his work as an NHS paramedic in Britain’s A&E emergency Ambulance Service will shock you, sadden you, entertain you, and perhaps inspire you. You’ll smile at some of Andy’s real patient encounters, while others will cause you to wipe a tear. Using official NHS documentation recorded at the time to give precise details of each incident, Andy has held firm to the real-life accounts, even in keeping the dialogue as close as his memory allows to what was really said at the time. It’s as if you’re there next to him, struggling with the effects of adrenaline and fighting to save life. This is a rare work of medical non-fiction delivered in a way that is factual, informative, but at the same time naturally entertaining and moving, written with candour and humour. And if you have ever thought what it takes to become a paramedic - or any other of the specialist vocations - and that you could never achieve it yourself, Andy’s inspiring story of how he went from postman to frontline healthcare professional, fulfilling his dream, will make you think again that anything is possible if you have the desire. Andy says there are no heroics in the book and that he simply did his job, but we are sure The Dark Side will leave you convinced there are true heroes on our streets right here, right now. Saving lives every day, every night and often against all the odds. It might even change your whole perspective on life.

    • Biography & True Stories
      October 2014

      The Dark Side, Part 2 - Real Life Accounts of an NHS Paramedic

      The Traumatic, the Tragic and the Tearful

      by Andy Thompson

      Following up on his well-received first book, Andy Thompson provides another captivating, thought-provoking and at times intense glimpse into the daily life of a Paramedic working in the UK’s National Health Service. In the style of his first book, Andy recalls each event from the detailed documentation recorded at the time, each account written in a way that puts the reader right there next to him so that you live the events in real-time, hear the dialogue between paramedics, patient, their loved ones and other healthcare professionals as it would have been, and share in Andy’s thought processes during each of the ten very different situations he encounters. The term ‘The Dark Side’ describes the frontline emergency aspect of the Ambulance Service, since paramedics frequently experience sombre situations. In ‘The Dark Side, Part 2’ you will share in some truly traumatic, tragic and tearful events involving a seemingly vibrant, healthy young patient, a prison inmate, the victims of an horrific car crash, heart attacks, a frightening epileptic fit, the alarming effects of an allergic reaction, and what can happen when under-strain doctors prescribe the wrong medication. But there’s still room for lighthearted moments and a taste of the sometimes dark humour that allows paramedics to continually deal with events most of us would find too horrific. The detail in the descriptions of the care given to each patient on-scene by Andy and his colleagues will have you marvelling at the ability of these healthcare professionals to work at such speed of thought, buying enough time to deliver a patient into the specialist hands of hospital care and often full recovery. Of course there are inevitably also those times when tears of hope turn to tears of despair for loved ones. You cannot feel that pain until it happens to you, but this book will bring you mighty close to it at times.

    • Adventure
      July 2011

      Someone to Look Up To

      The Story of a Special Dog

      by Jean Gill

      'Nobody writes dog stories better.' Karen Charlton, author of 'The Heiress of Linn Hagh' A dog's life in the south of France. From puppyhood, Sirius the Pyrenean Mountain Dog has been trying to understand his humans and train them with kindness... How this led to their divorce he has no idea. More misunderstandings take Sirius to Death Row in an animal shelter, as a so-called dangerous dog learning survival tricks from the other inmates. During the twilight barking, he is shocked to hear his brother's voice but the bitter-sweet reunion is short-lived. Doggedly, Sirius keeps the faith. One day, his human will come. View the book trailer youtube.com/watch?v=JFPrJbqM4LU

    • Biography: general

      Simply Darwin

      by Michael Ruse

      Simply Darwin tells the story of Charles Robert Darwin (1809–1882) and his theory of evolution through natural selection. On one level, it is the story of a dedicated scientist who, through careful observation and brilliant insight, became convinced that organisms are the end product of a long, slow, natural process of development. On another level, it’s an account of the end of an era and a cataclysmic change in our ideas about ourselves—a conceptual upheaval the aftershocks of which continue to this day. In Simply Darwin, author Michael Ruse puts Darwin and his ideas in context, clearly showing that, while Darwin was a great revolutionary, he was no rebel. His ideas came directly out of his background and training, and he was simply following an evidentiary trail that led to an inevitable conclusion. Eventually, as Darwin and his fellow scientists began to apply his ideas to our own species, long-held notions about the nature and origins of religion, morality, race, sexuality and much more were called into question. Then, as now, some embraced these provocative ideas, while others reacted with horror and disbelief. In recounting this fascinating and inspiring history, Ruse doesn’t neglect the visual component that has always been an inherent part of evolutionary thought, and Simply Darwin’s copious illustrations provide an informative and captivating counterpoint to one of the greatest stories ever told.

    • Science & Mathematics
      February 1991

      The Children of Atomic Bomb Survivors

      A Genetic Study

      by National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Commission on Life Sciences, William J. Schull, James V. Neel

      Do persons exposed to radiation suffer genetic effects that threaten their yet-to-be-born children? Researchers are concluding that the genetic risks of radiation are less than previously thought. This finding is explored in this volume about the children of atomic bomb survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki--the population that can provide the greatest insight into this critical issue. Assembled here for the first time are papers representing more than 40 years of research. These documents reveal key results related to radiation's effects on pregnancy termination, sex ratio, congenital defects, and early mortality of children. Edited by two of the principal architects of the studies, J. V. Neel and W. J. Schull, the volume also offers an important comparison with studies of the genetic effects of radiation on mice. The wealth of technical details will be immediately useful to geneticists and other specialists. Policymakers will be interested in the overall conclusions and discussion of future studies.

    • Science & Mathematics
      November 2000

      Microbial Status and Genetic Evaluation of Mice and Rats

      Proceedings of the 1999 US/Japan Conference

      by National Research Council, Institute for Laboratory Animal Research, International Committee of the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research

      US/Japan meetings on laboratory animal science have been held virtually every year since 1980 under the US/Japan Cooperative Program on Science and Technology. Over the years these meetings have resulted in a number of important documents including the Manual of Microbiologic Monitoring of Laboratory Animals published in 1994 and the article Establishment and Preservation of Reference Inbred Strains of Rats for General Purposes. In addition to these publications, the meetings have been instrumental in increasing awareness of the need for microbiologic monitoring of laboratory rodents and the need for genetic definition and monitoring of mice and rats. In cooperation with the Comparative Medicine section of NCRR/NIH, the ILAR Council and staff are pleased to become the host for this important annual meeting and look forward to participating in future meetings. The support and sponsorship of NCRR (P40 RR 11611) in the United States and the Central Institute for Experimental Animals in Japan are gratefully acknowledged. Bringing together the leading scientists in the field of laboratory animal care has resulted in increased understanding of American and Japanese approaches to laboratory animal science and should continue to strengthen efforts to harmonize approaches aimed at resolving common challenges in the use of animal models for biomedical research and testing. This effort to improve understanding and cooperation between Japan and the United States should also be useful in developing similar interaction with other regions of the world including Europe, Australia, and Southeast Asia.

    • Science & Mathematics
      May 2001

      Environmental Contamination, Biotechnology, and the Law

      The Impact of Emerging Genomic Information: Summary of a Forum

      by National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Life Sciences, Robert Pool, Ph.D.

      On August 16, 2000, the Board on Life Sciences held a forum on "Environmental Contamination, Biotechnology, and the Law: The Impact of Emerging Genomic Information." The purpose of the forum was to explore the legal implications of current and developing biotechnology approaches to evaluating potential human health and environmental effects caused by exposure to environmental contaminants and to cleaning up contaminated areas. The forum brought together scientists from academe, government, and industry and members of the legal community, including lawyers and judges, to discuss the interface between the use of those approaches and the legal system.

    • Science & Mathematics
      September 2017

      Progress Toward Restoring the Everglades

      The Sixth Biennial Review, 2016

      by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Water Science and Technology Board, Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress

      The Everglades ecosystem is vast, stretching more than 200 miles from Orlando to Florida Bay, and Everglades National Park is but a part located at the southern end. During the 19th and 20th centuries, the historical Everglades has been reduced to half of its original size, and what remains is not the pristine ecosystem many image it to be, but one that has been highly engineered and otherwise heavily influenced, and is intensely managed by humans. Rather than slowly flowing southward in a broad river of grass, water moves through a maze of canals, levees, pump stations, and hydraulic control structures, and a substantial fraction is diverted from the natural system to meet water supply and flood control needs. The water that remains is polluted by phosphorus and other contaminants originating from agriculture and other human activities. Many components of the natural system are highly degraded and continue to degrade. Progress Toward Restoring the Everglades is the sixth biennial review of progress made in meeting the goals of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). This complex, multibillion-dollar project to protect and restore the remaining Everglades has a 30-40 year timeline. This report assesses progress made in the various separate project components and discusses specific scientific and engineering issues that may impact further progress. According to Progress Toward Restoring the Everglades, a dedicated source of funding could provide ongoing long-term system-wide monitoring and assessment that is critical to meeting restoration objectives. This report examines the implications of knowledge gained and changes in widely accepted scientific understanding regarding pre-drainage hydrology, climate change, and the feasibility of water storage since the CERP was developed.

    • Botany & plant sciences
      March 2017

      Terroir – Soil, Weather and Climate in Winegrowing: How is Climate Important for the Vines?

      by Dieter Hoppmann | Manfred Stoll | Klaus Schaller

      The consequences of climate change with rising temperatures mean that winegrowers are being forced to consider new adaptation strategies in their selection of grape varieties and sites. This book sets out the necessary basic principles on the subject and provides answers to some extremely topical questions, while also explaining the causes and impacts of natural site factors. What roles do weather, climate and soil play in winegrowing? What do we mean by “terroir”? Here, you’ll find out the meaning of the term terroir and its importance for our winegrowing regions.

    • Botany & plant sciences
      March 2017

      Technical Drawing in Garden Design

      by Daniel Nies

      Even in this age of CAD and Photoshop, drawing skills are still important for communicating design and planning concepts. Find out how to draw in two dimensions with base plans, views and cross-sections, as well as everything you need to know about design and graphic preparation of three-dimensional images in axonometric projection, or the principles of one-point or two-point perspective. As well as the best drawing materials and their applications, the book includes examples for the professional design of presentation plans, including lettering and reproduction techniques. Additional online documents help you to learn the techniques, so that beginners and advanced students alike will be able to develop their own drawing style.

    • Life sciences: general issues
      April 2017

      The History of the Agricultural Landscape

      by Peter Poschlod

      Newest findings on the origins of the agricultural landscape Here, Peter Poschlod analyses and describes the mechanisms and processes that led to the origins of the Central European agricultural landscape and its later development, as well as its habitat and species diversity, with special attention given to the factors of climate, war and disease, different schools of thought, technical advances and economic change, and also legislation and politics. Selected habitats and species are presented as the result of historical processes. In this book, the literature from the different disciplines has been consulted and addressed for the first time.

    • Botany & plant sciences
      March 2017

      Homeopathic Remedies for Cattle – A Quick Finder

      by Karin Schoenen-Schragmann

      Which homeopathic remedy is the most suitable? Here, you can learn how to apply homeopathic remedies more successfully, and find the most suitable remedies for the 30 most common cattle diseases – quickly and reliably. With an introduction to homeopathic backgrounds and modes of action, together with important information on cattle physiology, storage of homeopathic remedies and their correct application for cattle.

    • Science & Mathematics
      June 2017


      Botany, Production and Uses

      by José Quero Garcia, Amy Lezzoni, Joanna Pulawska, Gregory A Lang

      Sweet and sour cherries (Prunus avium and Prunus cerasus) are important fruit crops for which demand is high and growing. A significant number of new varieties, rootstocks and training systems have been released or developed in recent years in order to improve the efficiency and profitability of cherry orchards. Cherries: Botany, Production and Uses covers the genetics, ecophysiology, production, protection and uses of cherries. Presenting up-to-date scientific data and applied information, this book is invaluable for researchers, teachers and all professionals working in the cherries value chain.

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