Scien.net Publishes New Ecology & Forage Bibliography

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The novel Natural Sciences Bibliographic Web Portal aims to provide comprehensive bibliographic information on the basic and applied life, earth and health sciences and has published over 244,800 references and 161,400 tags. Scien.net has now newly included the category ecology, which is the scientific study of the relationships that various living organisms have with each other, as well as their relationships with their natural environment, and on forage which is the plant material eaten by grazing livestock or the activity of searching for food.

Forage Bibliography @ Scien.net

Forage Bibliography

Ecology & Forage Bibliography @ Scien.net

The aim of the Natural Sciences Bibliographic Web Portal including its new Ecology and Forage Bibliography is to provide comprehensive scholarly information on the basic and applied life, earth and health sciences. While the publishers target to publish a total of over 8.7 million references until 2014, the site currently publishes about 5,000 new items every day. Every reference consists of basic bibliographic information and the summary of the publication's scientific content. Furthermore, each reference is tagged with up to twenty scientific keywords.

The Food Section contains scientific information on any nutritious substance that people and animals eat or drink, but can also be absorbed by plants, in order to maintain both life and growth. Food items are typically of plant or animal origin, and they contain nutrients that are essential for the nutritional support of the body, including carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fats, and proteins. Food is ingested by the organism, and the nutrients will be assimilated by the cells within the body to produce energy, stimulate growth, and maintain life. The latest content in this category is also available through a Food RSS feed. The section currently contains almost 9,000 posts and is subdivided into the ten categories Ecological, Forage, Frugivorous, Habitat, Microbe, Nutrition, Residue, Toxicity, Vegetable and Vegetation.

Within this section, the new category ecological contains scientific information on ecology which is the scientific study of the relationships that various living organisms have with each other, as well as their relationships with their natural environment. One of the most associated terms to ecology is the ecosystem, which in turn maintains biophysical feedback mechanisms that modulate the metabolic rates and the evolutionary dynamics between biotic and abiotic components on Earth. The category contains over 60 newly published posts of which the very latest inclusions are also available through an Ecology RSS feed. It features posts on ecological restructuring in experimental aquatic mesocosms due to the application of diflubenzuron, ecological footprint for assessment of resource use and development limitations in shrimp and tilapia aquaculture, diel feeding ecology of three species of aquatic insects, and on ecological and genetic consequences of pollination by sexual deception in the orchid Caladenia tentaculata.

The new category on forage contains scientific information on the plant material eaten by grazing livestock or the activity of searching for food. In historical terms, the word forage has always referred to the plants eaten by animals directly as pasture, immature cereal crops, or crop residue. Presently, however, the term forage can also refer to similar plants cut for fodder and brought to the livestock, especially as silage or hay. Common forages include bentgrasses, wheatgrass, bluegrasses, fescues, the orchard grass, ryegrasses, and the timothy-grass. Herbaceous legumes such as clovers, alfalfa, and vetches are also used as forage for various kinds of livestock. This new category contains over 140 newly published posts of which the very latest inclusions are also available through a Forage RSS feed. It features posts on the effect of supplemental foods on foraging behavior of forest ants in Connecticut, effect of forage to concentrate ratio on comparative digestion in sheep, goats and fallow deer, and on comparative foraging strategies of sheep and goats in a T-maze apparatus.

While the publishers of the web portal have a stock of 8,659,374 references, this information will be made successively available to the public until 2014. While the site has presently published a total of 244,822 posts online, the number of published bibliographic resources increases by about 5,000 items every day. All items are interconnected with 161,411 scientific tags. The publishing status is reflected in the site's continuously updated tagline.

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