Bad Honnef, Germany (PRWEB) October 11, 2012
The aim of the Natural Sciences Bibliographic Web Portal including its two new Genetic and Genotype References sections is to provide comprehensive bibliographic information on the basic and applied life, earth and health sciences. The information contains a minimum of bibliographic information consisting of title, authors, publication year and source while expanded references provide an additional summary of the publication's scientific content. All references are grouped into eleven main sections which are subdivided into ten categories each. The site as well as every section and category provides RSS feeds alerting the site's users of newly published content. Every bibliographic reference is tagged with up to twenty scientific keywords which cross-connects them beyond sections and categories.
The section Breeding Sciences contains information on the evaluation of the genetic value of domesticated animals or plants using best linear unbiased prediction and other methods. Animal breeding is the selection of animals with superior estimated breeding value in growth rate, egg, meat, milk, or wool production. Plant breeding is the art and science of changing the genetics of plants in order to produce desired characteristics. It can be accomplished through many different techniques ranging from simply selecting plants with desirable characteristics for propagation, to more complex molecular techniques. The latest content in this category is also available through a Breeding Sciences RSS feed. The section currently contains circa 35,000 posts and is subdivided into ten categories including Chromosome, Crossbred, Genetic, Genotype, Germplasm, Hybrid, Lactation, Offspring, Phenotype and Resistance.
Within this section, the category Genetic contains information on Genetics which is a discipline of biology and refers to the science of genes, heredity, and variation in living organisms. This branch of science explores the impact of gene on public health and disease prevention, including how genes and the environment interact to affect distribution of disease in human populations. The category currently contains circa 700 posts of which the latest inclusions are also available through a Genetic RSS feed. It features a post on the reconsideration of the genetics of sex determination in asparagus and the evaluation of hermaphrodites in breeding and one on breeding and genetics of white clover.
The new category Genotype covers the genetic identity of an individual that does not show as outward characteristics. The genotype is the genetic constitution of an organism with respect to a trait. For a single trait on an autosome, an individual can be homozygous for the dominant trait, heterozygous, or homozygous for the recessive trait. It can also be defined as the sum of the genetic potential of an organism of which only part is expressed at any given time. This category currently contains circa 680 posts of which the latest inclusions are also available through a Genotype RSS feed. It features a reference presenting a study of genotype X diet interactions in Duroc and Yorkshire boars and gilts and one on transmission of corn genotype attractiveness to ovipositing European corn borer moths to hybrid combinations.
While the publishers of the web portal have a stock of 21,238,124 references of which 10,564,269 (50%) contain a summary, this information will be made successively available to the public until 2014. While the site has presently published a total of 1,006,000 posts online, the number of published bibliographic resources increases by 10,000 items every day. All items are interconnected with over 263,000 tags. The publishing status is reflected in the site's continuously updated tagline.