The Palynology Web Site of the Month for August, 2000 is the
HON (Health on the Net)
This professionally developed site begins with a simple explanation of pollen allergy with embedded links to authoritative definitions of critical terms such as hypersensitivity
On the main page, a map of the world links, sequentially, to regional pollen calendars. For each region, the monthly importance of tree, grass, and weed pollen are shown, with links to images and descriptions of pollen types for each region. These images are formally cited!
The site's glossary is extensive with (for example) 54 entries under "P". The definitions are brief and related to allergy. Here is the definition for "Pollen":
Microscopic grains produced by plants in order to reproduce. Each plant has a pollinating period. These can vary depending on the plant, climate and region. See also the tree, weed and grass pollen pages for more information on the main pollens involved in allergic reactions.
|The Palynology Web Site of the Month for June, 2000 is the University of Sheffield Centre for Palynology web site maintained by m.g.cooper and c.wellman. This well-constructed site offers a concise description of academic training (M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D) available, and the current research activities of the ten palynologists at the Centre.|
The Palynology Web Site of the Month for May, 2000 |
isn't strictly a palynology site. It's the INQUA Sub-Commission on Data-Handling Methods with file download sites (botiques) at Uppsala, Sweden and Wisconsin USA. But, it's been loaded with palynological goodies by it's proprietors Lou Maher (emeritus) and Keith Bennett. It's easy to get lost, reading through the 45 *FREE* programs (program groups) at the INQUA site, even if you stick just to palynology programs. These range from diagram-plotting programs: 2 TILIA-like programs, and several screen-graphic programs (see Kirchner Marsh below) -- to several graphical correlation programs. Also avialable is "MapPad" a graphical utility that displays lattitude - longitude data (and a lot of data for it), and a statistical package, with a conversion program. Also a self-extracting zip file with pollen data from 293 sites in the North American Pollen Database. These have been converted to the .RAW file format - ready to be run on the various programs available from the site, or easily converted (by yet another program) to Maher's .DAT format which is used by other programs. Most of the programs were written for DOS, but they run fine in a MS window. It's an underutilized resource and a generous donation to palynology.
Red bars are 95% conficence levels - plotted by PLOTLIM.EXE
The Palynology Web Site of the Month for April, 2000
is the palynology website of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
It includes, in English and Spanish, webpages for the
Aerobiology Group which features Paleopalynology Group
which describes the current research of its four paleobotanists in six different Mediterranean regions. And, also includes outlines of their developing programs in
The Palynology Web Site of the Month for March, 2000
is the site of the University of Newcastle, Australia, Pollen Laboratory maintained by Feli Hopf (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and Peter Shimeld (email@example.com)
And, I high highly recommend the descriptions of the Newcastle Lab's fieldwork sites. They're well illustrated, fun to read, and provide a good understanding of the sites for palynologists, and an overview of palynological field work for those just starting to learn about palynology.
Lentin, J.K. Davis, O.K. Muncey, T.S. Piel, K.M. 1996.
Chapter 24, Personal Computers in palynology. vol. 3, p. 961-984 in. Jansonius, J. McGregor, D.C. Palynology: principles and applications. AASP Foundation.
The Palynology Web Site of the Month for February, 2000
is the site of the Australia National University Pollen Laboratory administered by Geoff Hope
Pages of information are then displayed sequentially for the pollen and spores matching the search criteria. Most of the types are Australasian, but there are representatives of other regions as well. Many of the type descriptions include black-and-white illustrations (see example above).
The ANU pollen site is the most ambitious pollen morphology data project I know of on the internet. It joins the APMRU and Uppsala web sites in generously sharing large amounts of information with the palynological community. Hopefully, this is a trend that other major labs will be able to follow.
And, the rapid response time of the ANU server should encourage us all to consider the Internet as research tool.