CABI is an intergovernmental, not-for-profit organization specializing in scientific publishing, research and communication. We work to bridge the gap between the discovery of scientific knowledge and its application in solving real life problems. CABI is a leading provider of authoritative scientific information on the applied life sciences; we publish CAB Abstracts, the most comprehensive bibliographic database in the applied life sciences. Covering over 150 countries, and over 50 languages, it gives researchers access to an abundance of information often not available from other databases. We also publish multimedia compendia, books and internet resources, including the serial publications
Index of Fungi
[from which the web resource
(www.indexfungorum.org) is derived] and
Bibliography of Systematic Mycology
. CABI’s focus on mycology derives from the very early days of the organization. It all began with the establishment of the Imperial Bureau of Mycology (IBM) in 1920, funded by a consortium of British colonial governments to the princely sum of £2000 per year. Its function was as an information provider and identification service for its member nations. In 1930 the name of the organization was changed to the Imperial Mycological Institute, from where the well-known ‘herbarium’ and culture collection acronym IMI is derived. Several names later, to reflect changing governance and politics, CABI continues to provide expert services to mycology world-wide. CABI holds a dried fungal reference collection (herb. IMI) with in excess of 400,000 specimens representing about 32,000 different species, and a living collection (incorporating the UK National Collection of Fungus Cultures) holding more than 19,000 living isolates representing about 4,500 species. These resources, coupled with 80 years of experience, enable us to offer a range of microbial diagnostic and consultancy services. We are also now actively screening our living collection for novel molecules of benefit to human health and development. CABI provides research and consultancy in the following areas:
systematics and ecology of fungi (including lichens, mushrooms and yeasts), nematodes, plant and soil bacteria
preservation of organisms using cryogenic techniques
biochemical, physiological and molecular characterization of strains
biodiversity inventorying and monitoring
ecology (especially relating to agroecosystems and invasive species management)
crop protection (especially integrated pest management)
environmental and industrial microbiology
food spoilage, public health, biodeterioration and biodegradation CABI provides an authoritative identification service, especially for microfungi of economic and environmental importance (other than certain human and animal pathogens), and for plant pathogenic bacteria and spoilage yeasts.
Classification essays rank the groups of objects according to a common standard. For example, popular inventions may be classified according to their significance to the humankind.
Classification is a convenient method of arranging data and simplifying complex notions.
When you select a topic, do not forget about the length of your paper. Choose the topic you will be able to cover in your essay, do not write about something global or general.
Consider these examples:
- Evaluate the best to worst methods of upbringing.
- Rate the films according to their influence on people.
- Classify careers according to the opportunities they offer.
You should point out the common classifying principle for the group you are writing about. It will become the thesis of your essay.
It is important for you to use clear method of classification in your essay, especially when you are dealing with subjective categories such as "quality" or "benefit". Make sure you explain what you mean by this term.
To organize a classification essay, the writer should:
- categorize each group.
- describe or define each category. List down the general characteristics and discuss them.
- provide enough illustrative examples. An example should be a typical representative of the group.
- point out similarities or differences of each category, using comparison-contrast techniques.