Agriculture & Forestry @ Sciencia.org
(PRWEB) October 17, 2011
Sciencia.org is a new social network established to provide the very latest news headlines, references and resources from science journals, books and websites worldwide. Content associated with science and research is contributed by users. There are currently almost 1.2 million articles placed in 75 categories, a content base that is steadily growing. Sciencia.org covers news in all fields of biology, business, chemistry, engineering, geography, health, mathematics and society.
Currently, over 64,000 users monitor nearly 8,200 journals covering the broad spectrum of the sciences. They share about 3,000 new articles every day. Since new science content is discovered in real-time, the delay between original publication and appearance at Sciencia.org is not more than two days.
Sciencia.org's Biological Sciences Category covers life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, and distribution. Besides Agriculture and Forestry it's ten subsections include Anatomy, Biotechnology, Ecology, Environment, Genetics, Microbiology, Physiology and Zoology.
Within its' Agricultural Sciences Category, Sciencia.org covers the cultivation and production of crops, raising of livestock, and postharvest processing of natural products. It currently contains nearly 36,000 articles partly deriving from 250 scientific agricultural journals. The latest additions include an article about temperature and storage effects on antioxidant activity of juice from red and white grapes. The researchers' results suggest that anthocyanins presence in red grape plays a key role in juice stability. Another paper covers the changes in stomatal function and water use efficiency in potato (Solanum tuberosum) plants with altered sucrolytic activity. Potato plants expressing an antisense construct targeted against sucrose synthase 3 (SuSy3) exhibited decreased stomatal conductance, a slight reduction in CO2 fixation and increased water use efficiency. These results, thus, indicate the feasibility of manipulating plant water use efficiency through engineering of guard cell sucrose metabolism.
One popular article in its' Forestry Sciences Category asks whether tropical forests can be managed without knowing the species within? The paper examines the current practice of forest inventories in the Brazilian Amazon as part of the mandatory system of reduced impact logging (RIL) and urges getting back to the basics of forest management through taxonomy. Another publication simulates the effects of climate change on typical forests in northeastern China and estimates that the treeline in Northeast China will tend to move northward.
Sciencia.org's content is divided into "Digg-style" "Popular" and "Upcoming" sections. While content in the "Upcoming" section is rarely older than a few minutes, the "Popular" section contains articles submitted between 20 to 60 minutes after submission by users. All articles can easily be bookmarked with the AddThis Sharing buttons which include the increasingly popular Google+1 button.
The site maintains a @Sciencia Twitter account which currently features 139,057 tweets informing 758 followers about the latest developments in the sciences.