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Friday, April 1, 2011

TROPICOS as a source for bryophyte literature citations

The recent discussions on bryonet concerning the availability of regional floras has led to an enhancement of the References section of TROPICOS as an aid to locating these.
The TROPICOS References database contains just over 120,000 citations, and nearly 38,000 are coded as bryophyte. The TROPICOS system has been used for about 25 years to accumulate the citations in the Recent Literature on Mosses, later Bryophytes, column in The Bryologist.
The keyword search option has recently been modified to allow the use of more than one key word. By adding bryophyte to your key word, you will eliminate items that do not pertain to bryophytes. For example, the keyword Florida returns 226 items; the keywords Florida,bryophyte returns 32 items. Lists are returned sorted by author, but by clicking on the Year column, the list will be resorted by year of publication, oldest to most recent. Click Year again, and the list will be resorted most recent to oldest. Thus one may obtain a list literature on Florida bryophytes that is easily examined for the most recently published literature. Other examples: China - 2,561 records; China,bryophyte - 1355; China,bryophyte,Mniaceae, 6. Finland, - 252; Finland,bryophyte - 220; Finland,bryophyte,Mniaceae - 1. Mniaceae - 85; Mniaceae,cytology - 4.
Notes to assist your searches:
Go to http://www.tropicos.org/Home.aspx
Click References in yellow bar near top of screen
Click Advanced Search in Reference Search rectangle
Enter your keywords in the Keyword rectangle, separating each with a comma
Text is not case-sensitive, so you dont need to bother shifting
Caveat: our keywording is subject to the enterers' whims; we are more precise with systematic and geographic keywords; some items keyed with bryophyte may be marginally bryophytic or not bryophytic at all due to the use of References in the early stages of development for wider subject matter.
Biographical information may be searched by entering bio- followed by the family name of the person, thus bio-hedwig.


Marshall Robert CROSBY

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