How safe is your vegetable patch?

As part of an ongoing effort to manage the level of my family’s exposure to contaminants in the food chain, my wife and I began an backyard vegetable patch in 2015. The basic parameters were to grow those vegetables and Continue reading How safe is your vegetable patch?

Study finds food avoidance in irritable bowel syndrome leads to a nutrition-deficient diet

CITATION: Stevenson, C., Blaauw, R., Fredericks, E., Visser, J., & Roux, S. (2014). Food avoidance in irritable bowel syndrome leads to a nutrition-deficient diet : original research. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 27(1), 25–30. ABSTRACT: Objective. The objective was to Continue reading Study finds food avoidance in irritable bowel syndrome leads to a nutrition-deficient diet

Diets that differ in their FODMAP content alter the colonic luminal microenvironment

CITATION: Halmos, E. P., Christophersen, C. T., Bird, A. R., Shepherd, S. J., Gibson, P. R., & Muir, J. G. (2015). Diets that differ in their FODMAP content alter the colonic luminal microenvironment. Gut, 64(1), 93–100. doi:10.1136/gutjnl-2014-307264 ABSTRACT: “Objective. A Continue reading Diets that differ in their FODMAP content alter the colonic luminal microenvironment

Zinc deficiency in children with environmental enteropathy

CITATION: Young, G. P., Mortimer, E. K., Gopalsamy, G. L., Alpers, D. H., Binder, H. J., Manary, M. J., … Brewer, T. G. (2014). Zinc deficiency in children with environmental enteropathy—development of new strategies: report from an expert workshop. The Continue reading Zinc deficiency in children with environmental enteropathy

The microbial eukaryote Blastocystis is a prevalent and diverse member of the healthy human gut microbiota

CITATION: Scanlan, P.D. et al., 2014. The microbial eukaryote Blastocystis is a prevalent and diverse member of the healthy human gut microbiota. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 90(1), pp.326–330. ABSTRACT: To date, the majority of research into the human gut microbiota has Continue reading The microbial eukaryote Blastocystis is a prevalent and diverse member of the healthy human gut microbiota

Holden, S. (2014) ‘Intermediate Python’ (O’Reilly Media Inc; Sebastopol; California)

This is the second installment in the video series on Python programming released by O’Reilly Media. The course ‘Intermediate Python – Practical Techniques for Deeper Skill Development’ is presented by Steve Holden, an experienced programmer with 20+ years experience in Continue reading Holden, S. (2014) ‘Intermediate Python’ (O’Reilly Media Inc; Sebastopol; California)

McKellar, J. (2014) ‘Introduction to Python’ (O’Reilly Media Inc; Sebastopol; California)

The video series ‘Introduction to Python’ by Jessica McKellar (published by O’Reilly Media Inc) is a well-paced course on basic Python constructs and on how to create simple command line programs using Python. I felt the timing and flow of Continue reading McKellar, J. (2014) ‘Introduction to Python’ (O’Reilly Media Inc; Sebastopol; California)

Phillips, D. (2014) ‘Creating Apps in Kivy’ (O’Reilly Media Inc; Sebastopol; California)

These comments were based on the Early Release eBook published in February 2014 but as the published 1st Edition is essentially the same these comments are still relevant. Kivy is a framework designed to create rich natural user interfaces for Continue reading Phillips, D. (2014) ‘Creating Apps in Kivy’ (O’Reilly Media Inc; Sebastopol; California)

Floral diversity in desert ecosystems: Comparing field sampling to image analyses in assessing species cover

CITATION: Ksiksi, T.S. & El-Keblawy, A.A., 2013. Floral diversity in desert ecosystems: Comparing field sampling to image analyses in assessing species cover. BMC Ecology, 13(1), p.22. ABSTRACT: Background: Developing a quick and reliable technique to estimate floral cover in deserts Continue reading Floral diversity in desert ecosystems: Comparing field sampling to image analyses in assessing species cover

Digital hemispherical photography for estimating forest canopy properties: current controversies and opportunities

CITATION: Chianucci, F. & Cutini, A., 2012. Digital hemispherical photography for estimating forest canopy properties: current controversies and opportunities. iForest – Biogeosciences and Forestry, 5(6), pp.290–295. ABSTRACT: Hemispherical photography has been used since the 1960s in forest ecology. Nevertheless, specific Continue reading Digital hemispherical photography for estimating forest canopy properties: current controversies and opportunities