DATABASE: Plants of Moor, Glen, and Crag

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Science  02 May 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5620, pp. 713
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5620.713c

Need to find out which British flowers are the first to bloom in the spring? Want to know what English plants feast on insects and how they snare their prey? Check out the Ecological Database of the British Isles. Hosted by the University of York, U.K., the clearinghouse profiles nearly 1800 species of British plants, providing information on more than 130 anatomical and ecological attributes. You can find out a particular species' distribution in Britain and Europe, the composition and acidity of its preferred soil, and even what kinds of plant-eating insects munch it and which fungi it hosts.

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