ol. 7 Issue 1 2000
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BIOSIS and ISI (Institute for Scientific Information
announce that they will jointly produce a Web-based
version of BIOSIS Previews for ISI's Web of Science.
The new product will provide subscribers to both
products with the ability to link between database
records and the full-text documents from the Web of
Science via ISI Links. Customer trials are set to begin
in April 2000.
"We designed the new product to mesh seamlessly
with the Web of Science interface," said Linda Sacks,
Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales, BIOSIS.
"Current Web of Science subscribers will now have a
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Cockroaches Find Catnip Naturally Repellent
The stuff that causes euphoria in felines might also
keep cockroaches out of your cupboards, according
to researchers Joel Coats and Chris Peterson. At the
annual meeting of the American Chemical Society
this past August, Coats and Peterson announced that
they have determined that the chemical nepatalac-
tone, an essential oil found in catnip, repels German
cockroaches. Their findings are a confirmation of
folk wisdom that catnip can effectively fend off
insects. The researchers have also found a similar
role for osage oranges, an inedible fruit that is often
sold for pest-control purposes.
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familiar route by which they can reach the complete
life science coverage of BIOSIS Previews."
Updated weekly, the new product will offer access to
five years of file data, which will initially cover the
period from 1995 through 2000. Subscribers to both
the Web of Science and BIOSIS Previews will be able
to link directly between the two databases. The Web
of Science, an interface renowned for its intuitive
navigational and retrieval features, provides a new
platform for BIOSIS Previews, a database universally
acknowledged for its comprehensive life science
abstracting and indexing features.
"We are pleased to be able to work with BIOSIS to
develop this outstanding product," said Barbara
Colton, Vice President of
Business Development at ISI.
"The content and functionality
of BIOSIS Previews and the
Web of Science complement
each other in a way that will
provide many valuable benefits
for our customers."
Folklore may have played a role in identifying
essential oils for study, but there are also more
pressing reasons. Essential oils are biodegradable
and tend not to accumulate in the soil, which is
something that cannot be said of many pesticides. In
fact, one of the main drawbacks to using essential
oils for pest control is that they must be continually
reapplied. They are, however, recognized as safe.
"There has been a new and harder push for reduced-
risk pesticides," said Coats, citing the Food
Protection Quality Act of 1996 passed by the U.S.
Congress. "One of the big advantages of safe pesticides
is that they can be used in sensitive areas, such as
around homes, schools, restaurants, and hospitals."
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