Health & Life Sciences, Agriculture, Botany, Paleontology

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- Agriculture: the production of food, feed, fiber and other goods by the systematic growing/harvesting of plants, animals and other life forms. (Wikipedia)
- Botany: scientific study of plant life. As a branch of biology, it is also called plant science(s), phytology, or plant biology. (Wikipedia)
- Horticulture: horticulturists work and conduct research in the fields of plant propagation and cultivation, crop production, plant breeding and genetic engineering, plant biochemistry, and plant physiology. (Wikipedia)
- Paleontology: the study of prehistoric life forms on Earth through the examination of plant and animal fossils. This includes the study of body fossils, tracks (ichnites), burrows, cast-off parts, fossilised faeces (coprolites), palynomorphs and chemical residues. (Wikipedia)

Health and Life Sciences (general), Agriculture, Horticulture, Botany, Paleontology

  About Life Sciences (general), Agriculture, Botany, Paleontology  
Brief introductions

The Life Sciences involve the scientific study of living organisms like plants, animals, and human beings. While biology remains the centerpiece of the life sciences, technological advances in molecular biology and biotechnology have led to a burgeoning of specializations and new, often interdisciplinary, fields.
  • Agriculture - Agriculture was key in the rise of sedentary human civilization, whereby farming of domesticated species created food surpluses that nurtured the development of civilization. The study of agriculture is known as agricultural science.

  • Botany - Botany covers a wide range of scientific disciplines including structure, growth, reproduction, metabolism, development, diseases, chemical properties, and evolutionary relationships among taxonomic groups.

  • Paleontology - As a "historical science" Paleontology tries to explain causes rather than conduct experiments to observe effects. Paleontologists have discovered much of the evolutionary history of life, almost back to when Earth became capable of supporting life.

Based on Wikipedia. See also - Wikipedia, List of Life Sciences
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  Life Sciences - Open Textbooks  
Links to open access (free) textbooks.

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  Life Sciences - Support for Learners  
Sites that actively support learners - eg learner communities, forums, expert help etc

  • BioForum - Protocol Online, BioPortal, Forums, BioBlog, BioWiki, Interest Groups
  • GE Healthcare - Life Sciences forums

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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

  Life Sciences - Best Resource Sites  
iBerry's choice - other recommendations welcome!

  • California University (US), Museum of Paleontology - investigates & promotes understanding of history of life & diversity of the earth's biota through research & education: History of Life on Earth, Geology Wing, Understanding Evolution, Paleontology Portal, Education resources, Research profiles, World's biomes
  • Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) - Global access to knowledge about life on Earth; awareness and understanding of living nature; gathers, generates, and shares knowledge in an open, freely accessible and trusted digital resource

  • Nature Education, Scitable (US) - free science library and personal learning tool; educational articles with technology-based community features: Topics, People, Groups, Learning Paths

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  Life Sciences - Open Courseware (OCW) 

The following links have been chosen by iBerry as good examples of OCW for this topic. Only significant content such as notes, images, videos etc covering topics in reasonable depth are included. Items consisting only of course advertisements, sub-topic headings, single lectures or where a significant proportion of material is password protected are not included. Comments are welcome!

Genetic Engineering and Society

examines the historical and scientific study of genetic engineering in medicine, agriculture, and law including examination of social, ethical, and legal issues raised by new technology

Life in the Palaeozoic

Cambrian explosion using evidence from fossils, creatures living in the Ordovician seas including the extinct trilobites, invasion of land by plants and invertebrates in the Silurian Period, life in Silurian seas, Devonian Period when vertebrates first moved onto land, outline of vertebrate evolution

Gene manipulation in plants

development of genetically modified organisms, gene transfer, potential benefits and uncertainties associated with gene transfer and high levels of technical ingenuity involved, development of Golden Rice, why usefulness of this product has proved contentious

Agricultural Science and Policy

natural resource conservation for ensuring healthy agricultural food and environmental systems, focuses on soils, water, air and energy, delves into plant nutrients, plant-pest interaction, crop breeding and livestock production: readings, Supplementary Material

Life, Concepts and Issues

Life Sciences, exploring and understanding important issues in the field: chemistry of life, genetics, physiology, evolution, ecology

Animal Health Management

Role of "Agent" in Health and Disease, Role of ("Host" & Environment in Health and Disease), Principles of Control of Infectious Disease, Health Management (Ruminant, Equine, Feline, Swine, Aquatic Species, Canine, Avian, Lab Animal, Reptile), wildlife Health Concerns, Regulatory, Public Health Concerns: presentations, resources

Agricultural Research Service Image Gallery

Events, News, Magazine, Search for images, Animals, Crops, Education, Field research, Fruits & veggies, Illustrations, Insects, Lab research, Plants, Careers

Darwin's Legacy

important scholars from across the US explore Darwin’s legacy in anthropology, religion, medicine, psychology, philosophy, literature and biology

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