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Plants That Heal, Thrill And Kill

Plants That Heal, Thrill and Kill reveals the hidden value of the plants around us, as natural cures for conditions ranging from fever and insomnia to infertility and "weak blood". It is filled with advice on what may safely be planted near children and pets, and what must be treated in order to be edible. It tells horrific but entertaining tales of how plants have been abused throughout history for gain. This book is a must for students of botany and those who work with plants, including horticulturists, landscape architects, amateur gardeners and those who have a fascination for plants in general. It is in an invaluable reference not only for school college libraries but also for homes.

Our price: US$29.90
The Singapore Dog - K9 Facts, Figures & Families

Singapore Dog meets the unique needs of Singaporean and Malaysia dog owners, something that no book produced overseas can hope to achieve. Its is written by an experienced Singaporean veterinary surgeon and a Singapore dog owner.

There are some 37,000 dog owners registered in Singapore alone. This book, which is meant for both dog owners and anyone thinking of getting a dog, is all about responsible dog ownership - how to keep a dog healthy, happy and socially well adjusted, so that it can interact will with your friends, neighbours and other dogs.

Our price: US$19.00
Singapore has numerous wild plants that grow and flower freely in our city-state, adding colour and beauty to even the most urban and drab of areas. Yet, all too often, we walk past these common flowering plants without even noticing them. And when we do, we are able to name only one or two perhaps the common touch-me-not, or the morning glory.

Here, then, is an easy-to-use guide to help the general public fully appreciate and put a name to the many wayside flowers of Singapore.

This book is in full colour, with excellent close-up photography for each flower, showing each species in close detail, so that its parts can be clearly seen. The book also shows the plant in its typical natural environment, be it up a wall or in a drain.

The flowers have been grouped by their predominant colour blue, green, orange, pink, purple, white or yellow making it easy for the user to locate the flower in the book.

Our price: US$28.00
Winged Invaders - Pest Birds Of The Asia Pacific


Pest bird species, or perceived pest birds, have been a topic of public discussion for a few decades now in Asian cities such as Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. Increasing urbanisation and the clearance of natural habitats in such cites have changed the balance between humans and nature, creating new space and opportunity for invasive bird species, both exotic new arrivals and natives. Some of these are perceived as a nuisance because they threaten indigenous species, are seen as "dirty", or because they are suspected of carrying and spreading disease among humans. The latter suspicion has grown in the wake of the SARS crisis of early 2003 and, more recently, Bird Flu virus outbreaks in Asia.  

What is the reality of the role played by so-called pest birds in urban ecology in the Asia Pacific? What factors promote their increase and spread in distribution? Do they need to be managed; if so, how? Is part of the desired management actually management of ourselves, of our lifestyles and environments? Or should these "pests" be accepted and tolerated as part of nature? Perhaps even admired for their skill in adapting to human-dominated environments and their ability to survive? Can we learn any lessons for the future from their stories? Importantly - what role do they really play in the spread of the disease?

The authors give a lively snapshot of these feisty species - their place in history, their biology and life cycles, and what, if anything, can or should be done about them. 

It is important to teach ourselves how to distinguish between the "pest" birds and their indigenous or less offensive counterparts, and to know when birds are indigenous or introduced/exotic.

The information in this book will be of practical use to disease specialists, biologists, government agencies, environmental managers, town council managers, town planners and architects, students and concerned and enquiring laymen and the general public - in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Japan and other urban centres of Asia, as well as in Australia and New Zealand.

Our price: US$32.50