Mannheim, Germany (PRWEB) February 24, 2014
The Environment and Forestry Sciences Network ScienceIndex.com was established in 1998 to index the very latest science journal articles. The site covers new articles in all fields of biology, business, chemistry, engineering, geography, health, mathematics and society. In the field of Biological Sciences, the site has now included the two new sections Environment and Forestry. While the Environment section covers the external physical conditions affecting growth, development, and survival of organisms, and their management, the Forestry section deals with the cultivation, maintenance, and development of forests.
ScienceIndex.com's Biological Sciences category including its new Environment and Forestry Sciences sections covers life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, genetics, and distribution. The category now covers the ten disciplines agriculture, anatomy, biotechnology, ecology, environment, forestry, genetics, microbiology, physiology, and zoology. Users can receive alerts for newly published content in this category by subscribing to ScienceIndex.com's Biological Sciences RSS feed.
ScienceIndex.com's new Environment section covers the external physical conditions affecting growth, development, and survival of organisms, and their management. It currently contains 29,336 articles partly derived from over 250 scientific Environment journals. The latest articles in this category are also available through an Environment Research RSS feed. One of the latest additions to this section discusses natural and human impact on the land use and soil properties of the Sikkim Himalayas piedmont in India. Land reforms related to the location of tea gardens caused rapid deforestation of the higher elevated terraces in the late 19th century. Continuous population growth between 1930 and 2010, however, caused a shift in the major land use changes from the terraces to the floodplains. While the gradual extension of tea plantation and forestry development helped in stabilizing the land use of the terraces, the parallel deforestation of mountain catchments and floodplains for rice cultivation intensified fluvial activity in the Sikkim Himalayas piedmont. The authors of another recently published article highlight urban expansion dynamics and natural habitat loss in China. The massive urban expansion has resulted in significant natural habitat loss in some areas in China. This expansion raises serious concerns about species viability and biodiversity so that effective policies must be implemented to sustain China's development in the context of rapid urbanization.
ScienceIndex.com's new Forestry section deals with the cultivation, maintenance, and development of forests. It currently contains 4,062 articles partly derived from 48 scholarly Forestry journals. The latest articles in this section are also available through a Forestry Research RSS feed. One recently included article in this section covers structure and composition of old-growth and unmanaged second-growth riparian forests at Redwood National Park. The objective of this study was to characterize and contrast vegetation structure and composition in old-growth and unmanaged second-growth riparian forests in adjacent, geomorphologically similar watersheds. In the old-growth, redwood was the dominant overstory species. Second-growth was dominated by red alder, Douglas-fir, and redwood. Another article provides results of a statewide assessment of street trees in New York state. This paper examines past assessments and builds upon them in conducting a street tree assessment for New York State in which geographic variability in statewide street tree inventory data is accounted for through weighted averaging of estimates.
The Sciences Social Network currently contains over 2.27 million posts distributed among its' 75 categories. 95,276 users contribute articles from 17,626 journals publishing within the scope of the site. Due to an continuously improved publishing process, the delay between original publication and appearance at ScienceIndex.com is no more than two hours. The site provides an advanced search feature which suggests up to ten closely related articles for a search and also for every displayed post. This content is now also available through a Mobile Portal, and through social accounts at Twitter and Facebook.