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Interactive Guide to Reptiles & Amphibians of the British Isles Interactive Guide to Reptiles & Amphibians of the British Isles
Platform(s): Win CD
System requirements: Windows 95/98 and higher
This CD-ROM contains information on reptiles and amphibians occuring in the British Isles. Some species are common and are found throughout the Isles, others are only found locally. The system treats all 12 native species and 12 alien species (many of them breed succesfully in the UK). Three species native to the Channel Islands are included, two if which were also introduced elsewhere. Five species of sea turtles are presented as well. This user-friendly information system is intended as a quick reference tool to identify the species and learn about their habitats and habits. It holds short descriptions of each species and higher taxa. over 200 photographs, 10 sound files, a glossary of the most important terms, an overview of literature and pointers to some relevant websites. It is possible to bookmark species that have been spotted. This CD-ROM will be a valuable addition to your digital biodiversity library and is a must for nature lovers and amatuer biologists.
€39.95 including UK p&p
The Interactive Guide to Butterflies of Europe The Interactive Guide to Butterflies of Europe
Platform(s): Win CD
System requirements: Windows 95/98 and higher (not 64bit)
This multimedia CD-ROM presents unique up-to-date information on more than 400 European butterflies. This information is not available in regular field guides. All species are presented with superb colour drawings, pictures of living butterflies, and information on distribution and flight periods. Specific butterfly habitats are described and illustrated. A novel feature in this production is the display of trend and degree of occurence in each country over the last 25 years. An easy to use interactive tool allows you to find which butterfly can be expected in a particular geographic region, habitat, and flight period. This CD-ROM, compiled by specialists from the Dutch Butterfly Conservation, is a must for all European butterfly lovers and for all visitors who take delight in these fascinating insects.
"It really is a marvellous tool, with many features that I have not yet used properly. De Vlinderstichting has done a wonderful job, and I expect it to become a standard work that will run into many future versions as the databases are expanded." -- Rob Parker, butterfly conservation specialist, posted in the Amateur Entomologist's Society (AES) e-mail group
"There is no doubt that it is an excellent product, with scope for further refinement as time goes by. It installs smoothly, and produces everything it promises on the label." -- Rob Parker
"A short review cannot do justice to this excellent cd guide." -- Richard Fox, Butterfly Conservation News, Number 81, Autumn 2002.
€39.95 including UK p&p
Interactive Flora of the British Isles Interactive Flora of the British Isles
Platform(s): DVD-ROM
This interactive multimedia DVD-ROM, compiled from authoritative sources, presents an overview of the entire flora of the British Isles. It encompasses more than 3500 taxa and includes all natives, all naturalized plants, all crop plants and all recurrent casuals. Full descriptions and identification keys from the printed 2nd edition of Stace’s New Flora of the British Isles (1997) have been incorporated and updated to the present state-of-the-art. This digital flora is illustrated with some 8500 unique colour slides and drawings to facilitate quick and reliable identification. The technical terms in the text are hyperlinked to an extensive glossary to provide an immediate explanation. Detailed distribution data, derived from the New Atlas of the British & Irish Flora by Preston, Pearman & Dines (2002), are presented in an interactive geographic information system supporting quick geographic searches. This user-friendly DVD-ROM contains an enormous amount of authoritative information on the British flora. It should be in the reference collection of anyone interested in plants, whether an amateur or a professional, teacher or student, rambler or gardener.
€62.95 including UK p&p
Interactive Guide to Mushrooms & other Fungi Interactive Guide to Mushrooms & other Fungi
Platform(s): Win CD
This CD-ROM contains information on nearly 900 mushrooms which occur in Britain and the continental lowlands. All species are illustrated with over 1100 beautiful colour photographs. Species are provided with short and pithy descriptions based on their appearance, spore print colour, (dis)colouration patterns, seasonal distribution, smell, taste and edibility or toxicity. Look-a-likes are listed of mushrooms which closely resemble related species. The status of rareness for threatened mushrooms was taken from the Red Data List. Beyond the scope of species descriptions, the CD-ROM also contains information on biological classifications, life cycles and ways of reproduction. A glossary and information on higher taxa are instantly available by clicking on hot links in the text. It is possible to identify mushrooms to species or genus level with an interactive key. The fun and entertaining quiz lets you test and increase your knowledge.
€44.95 including UK p&p
Interactive Flora of the Burren Version 1 Interactive Flora of the Burren Version 1
Platform(s): Win CD
System requirements: Windows 95/98 and higher
The interactive flora of the Burren provides photographs and detailed information on dicotyledon plants of the Burren, the Aran Islands and to the east of Connemara (regions 1-5 in the Flora of the Connemara and the Burren; Webb and Scannell, 1983). In total 550 species are included. The glossary provides explanations for the botanical terms used. The native status is recorded and conservation interest indicated. In total 2373 photographs and images aid recognition and show important characteristics of each species. For the majority of species, several images are provided. There is a general multi-access identification key which covers all species in the flora. Additional multi-access keys are provided for 12 genera of families which require special suites of characters for identification. A number of links to relevant websites and references for further reading are provided. This user-friendly authoritative CD-ROM is a valuable addition to the digital library of anybody interested in plants, wether amateur or professional, teacher or student, rambler or gardener.
€44.95 including UK p&p
Marine Mammals of the World Marine Mammals of the World
Platform(s): Hybrid CD
System requirements:
Windows 95/98 and higher; Mac 9-10.4 ("Classic" is required)
Marine mammals are among the most interesting and threatened species on Earth. This CD-ROM gives a complete overview of all sea mammals of the world with detailed full colour drawings, spectacular underwater photography, and sounds of species. Also included are an interactive identification key and distribution maps. Marine Mammals of the World is a CD-ROM for teachers, whale and dolphin watchers, environmentalists, and ocean lovers everywhere. All text is hyperlinked: an illustrated glossary defines more than 250 scientific terms. Principle literature references for this group are included in this program.
€89.95 including UK p&p
Bats of the Indian Subcontinent Bats of the Indian Subcontinent
Platform(s): Hybrid CD
System requirements:
Windows 95/98 and higher; Mac 9-10.4 ("Classic" is required)
This CD-ROM contains a first treatise on all 119 species of bat currently known from the Indian Subcontinent, published by ETI and the Harrison Institute (UK). The geographical scope includes India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Extralimital localities from Afghanistan, northern Myanmar and Tibet are also mapped. With over a thousand illustrations, drawings and video, the CD-ROM seeks to give a detailed understanding of the morphology, variability, geographical distribution, biology, ecology and conservation status of each of the species. Three different illustrated computer aided keys facilitate the identification of the species. Fully updated distributions maps are stored in an interactive geographic information system included in this software. All text is hyperlinked: an illustrated glossary defines specific scientific terms. All principle literature references for this group are included in this program. The bibliography includes over 600 references from journals and books published throughout the world. A gazetteer is added (with illustrations) to specify almost 1400 localities mentioned in the text. With 8 families and 37 genera, the Indian Subcontinent includes species that are not only endemic to the region but also to those that are familiar to bat workers throughout the Old World. This CD-ROM makes an excellent introduction to the Indian Bats and belongs in any modern scientific library.
€134.95 including UK p&p
Lemurs of Madagascar and the Comoros Lemurs of Madagascar and the Comoros
Platform(s): Win CD
System requirements: Windows 95/98 and higher
Lemurs are threatened species that occur only on Madagascar and the Comoros. In cooperation with Conservatoire Vivant des Mascareignes and IUCN (with Red Book data), ETI produced this CD-ROM, which presents a completely revised monograph on all Lemurs. Detailed information about 61 (sub)species and 34 higher taxa is presented, with colour drawings, photos, film-shots and sounds. Included are three types of fully illustrated computer assisted identification keys. The distribution information is stored in an interactive geographical information system. All text is hyperlinked: an illustrated glossary defines more than 1000 scientific terms. Thousands of literature references for this group are stored in a reference database. This CD-ROM is not only an excellent introduction to the Lemurs of Madagascar and the Comoros, but also an unique encyclopedical work.
€112.95 including UK p&p
Turtles of the World Turtles of the World
Platform(s): DVD-ROM
In cooperation with Smithsonian Institution Press, Prof. Carl H. Ernst and ETI editor Ruud G.M. Altenburg have updated and extended Ernst and Barbour's standard work "Turtles of the World" (1989). This CD-ROM edition features multiple colour photographs of essentially every recognized species of turtle and tortoise in the world. About 40 new species have been added and the taxonomy has been completely revised. Different modules within the program allow for hyper-linked browsing through higher taxa, species, and lower taxa, with sections on recognition, distribution, geographic variation, habitat, natural history, and conservation status. The geographic information system MapIt™ plots distributions of selected species on a set of quadrant maps, allowing for different scaled maps, the ability to compare distributions of pairs of species, map species density per quadrant, and check listings of species included per quadrant. An interactive key allows you to quickly identify turtles. All text is hyperlinked to an illustrated glossary covering 1000+ scientific and etymological terms.
€112.95 including UK p&p
Biodiversity through Evolution - An interactive education tool for secondary schools and undergraduate university teaching Biodiversity through Evolution - An interactive education tool for secondary schools and undergraduate university teaching
Platform(s): Win CD
System requirements: Windows 95/98 and higher
Biodiversity – the incredible and varied life forms that occupy our planet Earth – is the starting point of a programme that focuses mainly on evolution. The best known scientific explanation for biodiversity is Darwin’s theory of natural selection, and the fundamental aspects and implications of the theory are discussed step by step. A parallel story line tells how Darwin came to develop his ideas. More recently, the neutral theory of evolution has been developed, and its importance is explored in another story line. Numerous examples are used to show how genetic variability may lead to the formation of new species and novelties in life. The programme concludes with a section on the significance of, and threats to, biodiversity and the relationship between evolution and conservation. The addition of ‘DotWorld’ edu-games to the programme is new to the BBBseries. Simple but challenging games and an accompanying set of assignments help students to understand important biological concepts such as the struggle for life, fitness, adaptation and selection. A diagnostic test with feedback helps students to grasp fundamental concepts. This interactive education tool was designed for secondary schools, colleges and undergraduate university teaching. The user-friendly nature of the programme makes it ideal for group teaching or self-study. It can be used as a stand-alone resource or to complement text books. Other Modules in the Beating the Biology Book series: (1) Mitosis and Meiosis demystified (2) DNA and Proteins (3) Mutations (4) Heredity in a human context.
€134.95 including UK p&p
Birds of Europe Birds of Europe
Platform(s): Win CD
System requirements: Windows 95/98 and higher
Birds of Europe includes a unique identification key to all species, descriptions of the main field characters and illustrations of each species, audio recordings of songs and calls, drawings of eggs for a large number of species, illustrated habitats, sonograms, photographs, and videos. The CD-ROM also provides information on the summer, winter and year-round distribution in Europe, North Africa, and Asia Minor. Two kinds of distribution maps are included; the maps given with the species descriptions comprise continental Europe up to 30 East, as well as the Mediterranean islands, British Isles, and Iceland. The interactive maps cover Europe up to 45 East, as well as the Azores, Madeira, the Canary Islands, North Africa and Asia Minor. The introduction provides general and specific information on birds. An illustrated hyperlinked glossary explains numerous technical terms and provides information on bird groups. There are many ways to access the information on this CD-ROM. Each section has a Contents icon to open the table of contents, a list of all the pages in the module. The Name Index can be used to jump to the page for a particular species, while the Find function can locate a word or string of characters in any part of the CD-ROM. The information for this programme is based on the most recent standard works, except for the egg drawings that were taken from Baedeker (1863). The illustrations and many of the photographs are new. •Detailed informations on 447 species •Challenging quiz to test your knowledge •Illustrations, photo's, sounds & video •Computer-aided identification •Interactive atlas to search species distributions and compare distributions.
€44.95 including UK p&p
Ferns - The Secret Life Ferns - The Secret Life
Platform(s): DVD-ROM
A combination of videos of living plants and three dimensional animations. Combining images of living plant stages with computer simulations allows you to easily bridge the gap between the familiar plant and the micro-environment contained within it. Place yourself on the surface of a fern leaf or on a prothallus! Three dimensional animations take you in and around reproductive structures such as the sorus, sporangium, antheridium and archegonium. You see dynamic events such as spore formation, spore release, prothallus formation, sperm release, fertilisation and embryo growth. There are three levels of increasing complexity: 1. Simple - no terminology or breaks, 8m:46s; 2. Intermediate - simple terminology and divided into sections with summaries, 16m:4s; 3. Advanced - contains scientific terminology, divided into sections, 13m:21s.
€44.95 including UK p&p
Flowers - The Secret Life Flowers - The Secret Life
Platform(s): DVD-ROM
A combination of videos of living plants and three dimensional animations. Combining images of living plant stages with computer simulations allows you to easily bridge the gap between the familiar plant and the micro-environment contained within it. Place yourself inside the stamen and carpel! Three dimensional animations take you in inside both structures to see sporangia and gametophytes. Dynamic events such as pollination, gametophyte formation, fertilisation, embryo formation and fruit formation are seen as spectacular computer simulations. There are three levels of increasing complexity: 1. Simple - no terminology or breaks, 17m:11s; 2. Intermediate - simple terminology and divided into sections with summaries, 21m:20s; 3. Advanced - contains scientific terminology, divided into sections, 18m:50s.
€44.95 including UK p&p
Leaves - The Secret Life Leaves - The Secret Life
Platform(s): DVD-ROM
Three dimensional animations, supported by authoritative narrations, explore the leaf surface and explain the functioning of the guard cells. The viewer is then taken inside the leaf to see the photosynthetic and conducting cells. Witness the dynamic events of guard cell movements, gas exchange and the transport of water and sugars. Animations also illustrate the forms of leaves and how they are modified for dry and aquatic habitats. Running times for Leaves are: Part 1: Organisation of the leaf, 2 min 17 sec; Part 2: Functioning of the guard cells, 1 min 59 sec; Part 3: Functioning of the mesophyll and veins, 3 min 2 sec; Part 4: Leaf modifications, 3 min 50 sec.
€44.95 including UK p&p
Mosses - The Secret Life Mosses - The Secret Life
Platform(s): DVD-ROM
A combination of videos of living plants and three dimensional animations. Combining images of living plant stages with computer simulations allows you to easily bridge the gap between the familiar plant and the micro-environment contained within it. Place yourself inside a moss plant! Computer animations take you in inside a clump of moss plants to illustrate external structure. You are then transported inside the tips of male and femlae stems where gametangia (sex organs) sperm release, fertilisation and embryo development are illustrated. There are three levels of increasing complexity: 1. Simple - no terminology or breaks, 8m:7s; 2. Intermediate - simple terminology and divided into sections with summaries, 13m:15s; 3. Advanced - contains scientific terminology, divided into sections, 11:59s.
€44.95 including UK p&p
Pines - The Secret Life Pines - The Secret Life
Platform(s): DVD-ROM
A combination of videos of living plants and three dimensional animations. Combining images of living plant stages with computer simulations allows you to easily bridge the gap between the familiar plant and the micro-environment contained within it. Place yourself inside the pollen cone and seed cone! Three dimensional animations take you in inside the pollen cone and the seed cone to see reproductive structures such as sporangia, gametophytes and the archegonia. Witness dynamic events such as pollination, gametophyte formation, fertilisation, embryo formation and seed germination. There are three levels of increasing complexity: 1. Simple - no terminology or breaks, 15m:17s; 2. Intermediate - simple terminology and divided into sections with summaries, 19m:30s; 3. Advanced - contains scientific terminology, divided into sections, 16m:46s.
€44.95 including UK p&p
Five Kingdoms - a multimedia guide to the phyla of life on earth Five Kingdoms - a multimedia guide to the phyla of life on earth
Platform(s): Hybrid CD
System requirements:
Windows 95/98 and higher; Mac 9-10.4 ("Classic" is required)
This electronic reference guide provides an expert overview of our planet's biodiversity: the kingdoms of bacteria, protoctista, fungi, plants and animals. Browse or search through hyperlinked descriptions of all of the 96 phyla living today. Literature references, example genera and habitat information are also available for each phylum. The text is illustrated by a wealth of multimedia information, with more than 500 photographs and drawings and 37 video clips in all. The CD-ROM also offers a full introduction; a glossary with explanations of nearly 1300 scientific terms; a quiz to test your knowledge; and a "field trips" section with information about natural history museums and parks worldwide, plus links to relevant Web sites.
€37.95 including UK p&p


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