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Title: Identification of Blue Green Algae of the British Isles Guide to the Genera and Use of the Interactive CD-ROM for Identification of Species
Author: BA Whitton
Author: JJ Gemmell
Author: PJ Robinson
Author: Environment Agency
Document Type: Monograph
Annotation: Environment Agency Project ID:EAPRJOUT_342, Representation ID: 82, Object ID: 1687
Abstract:
The lack of suitable reference books for accurate naming of blue-green algae has been a major hindrance to algological work within the Agency. Whilst there are both beginner's guides and specialised taxonomic works (usually in foreign languages), a practical blue -green algal flora has not been available. This collaborative project with the University of Durham has produced a key for identif ication of blue-green algae from the British Isles to assist Agency staff engaged in monitoring work. The principal output is a computer-based interactive system built from LucID Professional, a specialised computer package for developing biological identification systems. The system was produced initially in CD-ROM format and has subsequently been made available nationally to Agency ecologists through the computer network on the Windows desktop. Images are available for many species including colour micrographs and line diagrams. These can be accessed simply by using the information button (i : Images) for each taxon. The approach used for naming follows the conventions of the Botanical Code of Nomenclature, keeping the term ablue-green algaa rather than acyanobacteriuma. Recent taxonomic developments have been incorporated for the unicellular species. Copies of the CD-ROM will be available for purchase externally in late Spring 2000 through the University of Durham.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Subject Keywords: Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria); Identification; Multi-access key; Computer package; Lucid; Cd-rom
Extent: 56
Permalink: http://www.environmentdata.org/archive/ealit:4322
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