Information technology, plant pathology, and biodiversity

Information technology, plant pathology, and biodiversity

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Information technology is revolutionizing the handling of biological information. The British Society for Plant Pathology (BSPP) has been at the forefront of several initiatives in handling information electronically, and the Systematics Association has a long-standing involvement in computer-based species identification. BSPP and the Systematics Association recognized the opportunity to join forces and develop a combined program for a conference on these themes, which was held in December 1996 at the University of Kent at Canterbury. This book presents forty edited and revised papers from that conference. The topics covered are wide-ranging and include 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 an essential review for plant pathologists and taxonomists, as well as other biologists wishing to keep up with the information revolution.An example with wide applications in plant pathology teaching is the disease cycles which, many instructors would probably agree, are often ... Explanatory text can be placed in a scrolling text box on the same screen as the diagrammatic disease cycle. ... to consult when a problem arises: an illustrated key to diseases in which the user answers a series of questions and is brought to a likely disease or aanbsp;...

Title:Information technology, plant pathology, and biodiversity
Author: P. D. Bridge, British Society for Plant Pathology, Systematics Association
Publisher:CABI - 1998-04-30

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