Horticultural book selection at fingertips.

By ACS Distance Education on July 29, 2011 in General | comments
This review was published in a column called Websites Worth Watching in Australian Horticulture Magazine July 2011.

Horticultural book selection at fingertips.


How good is e publishing?

By ACS Distance Education on July 27, 2011 in Business & General | comments

Electronic publishing involves producing a publication as an electronically recorded product. Rather than producing something printed on paper, the publication is viewed on a screen, usually a computer screen but also possibly a television monitor or other VDU (video display unit).


Electronically publications are most commonly produced on a removable storage device (such as a CD-Rom, Zip Disk or DVD), published on a web site (on the Internet), or sent to the consumer by email (again on the Internet).


How are Plants Named

By ACS Distance Education on July 27, 2011 in Horticulture / Gardening | comments

How are Plants Named?

History of organized nomenclature

Linnaeus (1707‑1778) was a Swedish botanist, largely responsible for establishing the binomial system (i.e.: using two names or two words to name one plant).  He was also responsible for stabilising some of the other basic principles of nomenclature. 

It wasn't however until 1867 though, at the first International Botanical Congress, that the first set of rules was officially adopted by the botanical world.

Deficiencies in this code led to the establishment of a number of other sets of rules.

A compromise between the existing codes was adopted in 1930 and published as the 3rd edition of the International Rules of Botanical Nomenclature.  More recent editions are basically modifications of this code.




How is Publishing Changing

By ACS Distance Education on July 27, 2011 in Writing and Publishing | comments

Publishing is Changing

The nature of publishing has changed dramatically in recent times, and is likely to continue changing. These changes are being brought about by new technology, globalisation and marketplace changes.


Examples of these changes include the following:

·           People are increasingly using the Internet and cable TV for information

·           People can find information faster and easier than ever before

·           People are better educated than in the past

·           Information can be delivered to larger markets cheaper and more easily

·           New economies are rapidly developing (for example, in <st1:st1:place w:st="on"><st1:st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:st1:country-region>)

·           Competition between markets is stronger than ever before.

·          Increased electronic publishing, and decreased print media publishing

·           Decreased book sales, bookshops closing down.


Implications for the publishing industry may include:

·           A reduced need to buy printed publications

·           An increased desire for information

·           An overall increase in the quantity of material being published

·           Changed strategies in what is published and how things are published and marketed

·           An increase in self publishing

·           Development of publishing monopolies

·           A greater need than ever before to predict future trends

·           Changes in how revenue can be generated through advertising


These and other predictions are being made about the future of publishing. The one fact that is certain is that the publishing industry has been, and will continue to undergo rapid change, and that success in publishing in the future will depend upon a publisher’s ability to monitor and rapidly react to change.

What else is changing, and what is the best way to adapt -for students, teachers and anyone who likes reading?


So you want to start a Plant Nursery?

Some quick tips from John Mason, author of the new ebook Starting a Nursery or Herb Farm.


Management and Organisation

To work efficiently and profitably, a nursery or herb farm must be both well organised and properly managed in a clear conscious manner. As with most other businesses, it is essential to be confident enough to make firm clear decisions when they are needed. The nurseryman or herb farmer who hesitates too often or takes too long to make decisions is almost certain to fail.



It is not always possible to have the ideal site. Sometimes a piece of land is already owned or perhaps financial limitations force a compromise. Important considerations are discussed on the following page.