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)

Principles of Paleontology

What is Paleontology?, Review of the Major Fossil Makers, Fossils as Sedimentary Particles and Burial, Modes of Fossilization, Micropaleontology, Biostratigraphy, Index Fossils and Correlation, Trace Fossils, Variation and Fossil Individuals, Fossil Species, Extinction

Basics of Bioagricultural Sciences

oil chemistry with respect to the utilization of natural resources, lipid chemistry including nomenclature & chemical structure, Production of lipids from natural products including plants animal fish and microorganisms, Modification of oils and fats for commercial product by chemical means, Modification of oils and fats for commercial product by biocatalysts such as lipases, Application of lipid-modifying enzymes for non-lipid compounds.

Lecture notes on the Major Soils of the World

world reference base for soil resources, reference soil groups, organic soils, mineral soils conditioned by (man, parent material, topography, limited age, a wet (sub)tropical climate, a (semi-arid climate, steppic climate, (sub)humid temperate climate, permafrost), references

Plant Identification and Classification

principles and philosophy of plant classification, important plant families, identify unknown plants, important species of the Flora of the Pacific Northwestreview: slides (conifer, family), useful field characteristics, web readings, lab exercises, books (reference, natural history), links


Adequacy of the Fossil Record, Crinoid Diversity, Principles of Historical Geology, Geologic Time Scale, Radiometric Dating, Biodiversity of the Fossil, Evolution, Mass Extinctions, Biostratigraphy, Stratigraphic Guide, Precambrian Fossils, Primordial Soup, Invertebrates of the Phanerozoic, Trace Fossils, Fish and Tetrapods, Reptiles, Dinosaur Paleobiology, Birds, Mammal Evolution, Whales, Humans and Hominids: study guides, links

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