RESOURCES: Life on the Subcontinent

Science  22 Sep 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5794, pp. 1709
DOI: 10.1126/science.313.5794.1709e

Indian villagers brew a tonic from the bark of the neem tree (Azadirachta indica), dine on its shoots, and use its twigs for toothbrushes. The multipurpose tree is also one of the species listed in the Indian Bioresources Information Network, hosted by the country's Department of Biotechnology. The growing site inventories India's plants, animals, and microbes. Visitors can browse the fish catalog by scientific name and by common name in 20 languages. The more than 1800 species accounts offer taxonomic summaries, descriptions, range maps, and images. Another collection furnishes similar data on more than 3000 medically or economically significant plant species. Sections on land vertebrates and other groups are under construction and can be balky.

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