PALYNOLOGY WEB SITES OF THE MONTH

Syrphid fly on mustard copyright David Green July 19 2001 The Palynology Web Site of the Month for December, 2002, is the Gallery of Flowers, Flower Visitors page maintained by David L. Green. This site has dozens of high-quality images of pollinators including honey bees, bumble bees, carpenter bees and other solitary bees, syrphids, bombyliids, droneflies, moths, butterflies, and more! It also hosts illustrated guides to hand pollination, honey bee identification, a pollination slide show, and links to other pollination pages.
The Palynology Web Site of the Month for November, 2002, is the "Airborne Organisms" web page of The Microbial World, maintained by Jim Deacon at the University of Edinburgh. Jim's web site is filled with aeroallergy information, and the Airborne Organisms page is the most complete online compendium of mechanical airborne samplers that I am aware of; including the Rotorod, Burkhard, and Anderson samplers. It includes text references and links.
The Palynology Web Site of the Month for October, 2002, is the Dispersal of Maize Pollen internet research paper by Jean Emberlin and students at The National Pollen Research Unit, University College, Worcester, England. Even though this is "just" a page, it has the best qualities of internet publications. FIRST, it is a scholarly work that makes use of both paper and internet publications. SECOND, it is a generous donation of valuable information of use to all palynologists. For me, the "bull rows" in seed-corn fields are the best way to communicate the idea of aerial pollen dispersal to introductory audiences. THIRD, it makes use of a generous service provided by mindfully.org.
The Palynology Web Site of the Month for September, 2002, is the microscopic view into the past website by Keith W. Abineri, hosted by www.microscopy-uk.org.uk. The page (prepared with the help of David Batten), includes illustrations of palynomorphs from the Kimmeridge Clay of the Dorset, England coast; including wood fragments, dinoflagellate cysts and Classopolis pollen.
The Palynology Web Site of the Month for August, 2002, is the Alphibetical List of Chitinozoans maintained by Geosciences Rennes UMR 6118 du CNRS. The list includes species name, sub-species, original genus, author and year; sorted by species name.
The Palynology Web Site of the Month for July, 2002, is the Dinoflagellate Morphology web page maintained by the University of Miami Department of Biology. The site presents basic morphology (not dinoflagellate cyst morphology) as well as elements of dinoflagellate life history and evolution.
The Palynology Web Site of the Month for June, 2002, is the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Virtual Field Trip site. This TEKS program provides curriculum support museums and education centers of Texas through internet links, including 65 virtual field trips, in particular the Virtual Apiary, made with the help of palynologists Gretchen Jones and V.M. Bryant, Jr. Palynologists should see the pages of stunning plant pictures and pollen grains for several Texas regions.
The Palynology Web Site of the Month for May, 2002, is the Bob Gastaldo's Paleobotany Class Notes Professors the world over are increasingly putting their lecture notes online in a generous act that promotes education in their own classrooms and in the global internet community. Bob's notes from Colby College are a particularly well-done example of this selfless act. The notes for Paleobotany include lectures on early land plants, the diversification of Angiosperms, and sixteen other topics.
The Palynology Web Site of the Month for April, 2002, is the Cyanobacterial Image Gallery page of the Purdue University Cyanosite maintained by Mark Schneegurt This award-winning site has pictures of everything from akinetes to stromatolites. As you surely know akinetes occur in palynological preps, and have been used in the paleoecological reconstruction of ancient environments.
The Palynology Web Site of the Month for March, 2002, is the Airborne Fungal Spores page, designed and is maintained by Fee Warner, at the University College, Worcester, UK. In addition to nice photomicrographs of common spores of ascomycetes, basidiomycetes, and fungi imperfecti Fee's site addresses other topics such as fungal spores and allergy and has links to other allergy and fungal spore pages.
The Palynology Web Site of the Month for February, 2002, is Pollinator Paradise of Parma, Idaho, maintained by by Karen Strickler. This page has added a lot of information since I first visited it. It is a wonderful source of web-ucation including; what is pollination, a page all about solitary bees (very extensive), and a page of pollination research ppt slide shows. This generous contribution of original information is very much appreciated.
The Palynology Web Site of the Month for January, 2002, is The Dung File hosted by Alwynne B. Beaudoin of the University of Alberta. Pollen and spores are a primary means of studying dung. This is a tremendous bibliographic source, available only on the web. It is presented in ten parts: Human, Mammal, Other Critters, etc. Dr. Beaudoin has carefully annotated each reference.
The Palynology Web Site of the Month for December, 2001, is Jansonius and Hills' Genera File of Fossil Spores on the IOP web site. This is a partial compilation (A-M) of Jansonius and Hills' 1976 publication. The anonymous authors of the site state that it is a "feasibility study," and that it, "contains errors that our editors have missed." Nonetheless, it is a valuable source of information and an interesting historical demonstration of the potential value of such catalogs, on the internet.

The Palynology Web Site of the Month for November, 2001, is University of Calgary web site maintained by Andrew MacRae. This site contains original illustrations of pollen and spores, and a rich compilation of illustration, links, and references regarding dinoflagellates. (Many of the links are old, but there's still a ton of useful information on this page.) There's also a page of Type Images for selected dinos and acritarchs. This site is well worth the visit.

The Palynology Web Site of the Month for October, 2001, is the Red Española de Aerobiología web site maintained by Antonio Velasco Blanco. This site contains English and Spanish versions of maps of airborne pollen, links to collaborating researchers, an introduction to ariborne pollen sampling and an illustrated flora of Cordoba (southern Spain). This is a great site to browse through, and download data.

The Palynology Web Site of the Month for September, 2001, is the the USGS "Spores and Pollen" web site maintained by Laurel Bybell. This site contains a simple explanation of palynology for the general public, and provides bigraphical links for some of the USGS palynologist stationed at Reston, Virginia. It has links to some of that branch's current research; e.g., The South Florida Ecosystem. The "Spores and Pollen" page is one of eight "Major Fossil Groups" featured by the USGS Eastern Region.

The Palynology Web Site of the Month for August, 2001, is the the MultidataTM web site (pollen.com), hosted and managed by NewsEdge Corporation. The site is designed for the general public and features links to current aeroallergy news, general allergy information, and maps and pollen images for allergens. There's also a page of abstracts of published articles on airborne sampling and counting.

Plantain The Palynology Web Site of the Month for July, 2001, is the Réseau National de Surveillance Aérobiologique (R.N.S.A.) site. This aeroallergy site includes illustrations of pollen grains and plants, a bulletin, which includes color-coded maps of current allergy risks, and previous seasons' maps of allergy risk. It is a simple, attractive, and very well done site.

Podicarpus The Palynology Web Site of the Month for June, 2001, is the The African Pollen Database administered by an Executive Committee and maintained by Medias-France The site includes a history of the organization, newsletters, online pollen diagrams, and an index map of Quaternary pollen investigation. It also contains one of the most extensive pollen image databases on the web. It is substantial contribution to palynology.

The Palynology Web Site of the Month for May, 2001, is the Bangor/Aberystwyth Pollen Image Database maintained by Ian France. This very interesting site presents the "holy grail" of contemporary pollen technology - computer-automated pollen identification - letting the computer do the work. My personal opinion (so write me, already) is that it would be premature to form a palynologists union to protect our jobs. It may eventually be possible, but not with any computer to be made in the next 50 years. Sure, imaging technology can pick a restricted set of well-preserved (including crumpled) grains out of a clean (without debris) preparation, but that isn't what we are working with. I hope someone gets a really big grant to work on this, and given that 1990's "INSTRUMENT-ENVY" has replaced 1980's "PHYSICS-ENVY," I think "the current funding environment is favorable." Feeble attempts at humor aside, I recommend the site as one of the most innovative palynological "hard science" web sites on the internet. Furthermore, the data Ian and his colleagues have collected are posted on the site.

The Palynology Web Site of the Month for April, 2001, is the PalDat site of the University of Vienna, Austria, copyrighted by R. Buchner and M. Weber. This beautifully rendered site was first called to my attention by Vaughn Bryant who noticed that one of the pollen grains in its opening page was misidentified when the cursor is placed over the grain (this only works with MS Explorer ® [alt = ""]). The site also claims in its meta statements to be the "first searchable database related to pollen and palynology," a distinction that I believe goes to ANU. Those minor issues aside, it is one of the best sites on the web for pollen illustrations. Its searchable database includes 87 families and 234 genera of plants, each with several scanning electron micrographs and pollen morphological literature references. Use of the site requires a simple registration.


The Palynology Web Site of the Month for March, 2001, is Estelle Levetin's Tulsa Pollen HomePage. This is a very nice site with a lot of information attractively presented. It has a K-12 airborne pollen exercise and an aeroallergy exercise. One of the nicest features of the site is the Spring Pollen Types section of the Seasonal Pollen Calendar. Several of the Spring bloomers have a page of plant pictures, (unprocessed) pollen pictures, and tables and graphs of pollen and spore counts. These are also linked to in the Tulsa Pollen Calendar. The site has many pages of original data, and pages of links to aeroallergy organizations.


The Palynology Web Site of the Month for February, 2001, is PARC's (Paleoenvironmental Arctic Science) Microfossil Reference Page. The page contains several images of amoeba cysts, and links to selected arctic palynological investigations. The site is on the NGDC server and appears to be maintained by Duvall@u.washington.edu.


The Palynology Web Site of the Month for January, 2001, is APLE's IPC 11 Web Page. (APLE is the ASOCIACIÓN DE PALINÓLOGOS DE LENGUA ESPAÑOLA and IPC is the INTERNATIONAL POLLEN CONGRESS) The site is offered in Spanish and English versions and provides extensive details for the upcoming (2004, July 4-9) International Palynology meetings in Granada Spain. All aspects of these meetings are covered in detail, including venue, travel arrangements, hotel accommodations, and congress tours.


Owen Davis