John Free ag pollination book now searchable on-line
Folks- for those of you who don’t have access to John Free’s exhaustive review of research into insect pollination of crops (and I mean ALL crops!), you can now read it on-line thanks to the persistent efforts of Barbara Herren at the UN FAO in Rome. You will be amazed by the wealth of detail, scope of literature and geographic coverage, and depth of chronological detail, all organized by the family, genus and species of crop plant (so for instance, Rosaceae: Prunus).
To view it, go to:
then click on:
“ Pollination Information Management System (PIMS)” ( bar in upper right region of your screen)
With this resource in hand, you can build on the studies that precede you and see where new research is needed. It is a pity that John Free himself is no longer alive to see his book made available electronically for free to the world.
James H. Cane
USDA-ARS Bee Biology and Systematics Lab
Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322 USA
tel: 435-797-3879 FAX: 435-797-0461
web pages: www.ars.usda.gov/npa/beelab
"The obscure takes time to see,
but the obvious takes longer"
Edward R. Murrow