Byers, J.A. 1992d. Trends in chemical ecology revealed with a personal computer program for searching data bases of scientific references and abstracts. Journal of Chemical Ecology 18:1481-1495.

Abstract-- A compiled program, JCE-REFS.EXE (coded in the QuickBASIC language), for use on IBM-compatible personal computers is descried. The program converts a DOS text file of current B-I-T-S (BIOSIS Information Transfer System) or BIOSIS Previews reverences into a DOS file of citations, including abstracts, in a general style used by scientific journals. The latter file can be imported directly into a word processor or the program can convert the file into the random access data base of the references. The program can search the data base for up to 40 text strings with Boolean logic. Selected references in the data base can be exported on a DOS text file of citations. Using the search facility, articles on the Journal of Chemical Ecology from 1975 to 1991 were searched for certain key words in regard to semiochemicals, taxa, methods, chemical classes, and biological terms to determine trends in usage over the period. Positive trends were statistically significant in the use of the words: semichemical, allomone, allelochemic, deterrent, repellent, plants, angiosperms, dicots, wind tunnel, olfactometer, electrophysiology, mass spectrometry, ketone, evolution physiology, herbivore, defense, and receptor. Significant negative trends were found for: pheromone, vertebrates, mammals, Coleoptera, Scolytidae, Dendroctonus, lactone, isomer, and calling.
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Chemical Ecology