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Cor Kwant


Cor Kwant : author / design / website The Ginkgo Pages / blog / twitter / photos / videos.
Education: English and Dutch at VU University Amsterdam. I am a high school teacher and live in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Europe.

Why a website about the Ginkgo biloba tree: 
 

From my Index-page:
THE GINKGO PAGES are about the tree Ginkgo biloba and all its aspects. 
I created this site because of my fascination and respect for this unique tree, a living fossil, unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs. It is the sole living link between the lower and higher plants, a symbol of longevity and is seen as one of the wonders of this world. Maybe you are fascinated too after reading my site.
Your reactions are welcome, Cor Kwant.

 
Ginkgo status Endangered IUCN
The Ginkgo is listed in the IUCN Red List of Endangered Plants. Although it is cultivated and planted by humans, it is endangered, and at risk for loss of biodiversity because of propagation by cuttings rather than by seed, due to human preference for male trees.

I thought it was strange that so little information was available about  the unique Ginkgo biloba tree, a living fossil, so I decided to create a non-commercial website about this tree: The Ginkgo Pages
Since I started my website in 1999  I have tried to gather information about all aspects of this tree. I visited trees in several countries, made photos and videos, discovered a lot of the Ginkgo not formerly known (such as the Ginkgo in art) and received reactions, information and photos from readers of my pages etc.  This stimulated me to go on and now (2015) after 16 years of  hard work I have created an extensive website about this fascinating tree, offering free information aimed at a broad public. 
So far (2015) about 7 million people have visited my website (English version), updates are regularly added. My site appears to be an inspiration for other people to make their own website or blog about the Ginkgo, plant Ginkgo trees, use it in designs, make photos etc. It is used as a source of information in education and by media.  This is my greatest reward!  Moreover I have received many awards and recognitions for my efforts (read below).
In addition to my website I maintain a forum-blog and twitter about the Ginkgo.

Thanks to all contributors! 

Specials thanks to:
- My husband for his enduring support and help.
- Eduardo Arancibia Diaz, Chile (Spanish translation, photos).
- Norbert Marxen, high school  biology teacher, Germany (German translation, photos).
- Dr. Jean-Luc Destombes, physicist, France (French translation).
- Dr. Peter del Tredici,  botanist and senior research scientist at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, USA (providing information, photos and advice).
- Prof. Wolfgang Michel-Zaitsu, Faculty of Languages and Cultures of Kyushu University, Japan  (information about  Engelbert Kaempfer, pictures).
- Prof. Z. Zhou, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing, China (providing information, advice and pictures).
- Dr. Wei Gong, Laboratory of Systematic Evolutionary Botany and Biodiversity, and State Conservation Center for Gene  Resources of Endangered Wildlife,    College of Life Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China (information, photos).
- Prof. Cindy Q. Tang, Professor of Plant Ecology, Institute of Ecology and Geobotany, Yunnan University, Kunming, China (information, photos and advice).
- Dr. David Scarboro, geologist, U.K. (fossil photos, information).
- Dr. Mandy Conti,  teacher environmental science, Japan (Hiroshima Ginkgos).
- Dr. Sando Tomoki, cell and molecular biologist, Japan (information, photos Japan).
- Prof. Dr. Aleksander Őiftar, University of Maribor, Faculty of Agriculture, Slovenia (information, photos).
- Prof. Fuliang (Sam) Cao, Nanjing Forestry University, China (photos)
- Dr. Thomas Phelan, former scientific staff member Smithsonian Institution, USA (bonsai information, photos).
- Dr. Karl Kreuzer, art historian, Germany (photos Art Nouveau/Jugendstil)
- Atsuko Kato, artist, Germany (paintings, photos). 
- Lewis S. Goodman, USA (information, photos petrified wood).
- Hiroshi Takahashi, photographer, Japan (photos).
- Hung Kuang-chi, graduate student Department of the History of Science, Harvard University, USA  (providing information).

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Yale University
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies,
Yale University
New Haven, CT

"Research for this book benefited greatly from the availability of a few key resources that had already drawn together much scattered material on ginkgo, most important the wonderful Ginkgo Pages Website by Cor Kwant....." -
Citation by Sir Peter Crane, Dean and professor, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, and former director of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK.
 
Golden Web Award
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1999-2000 Golden Web Award of the International Association of Web Masters & Designers
Critical Mass award
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Critical Mass Award
Science
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Science Now
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Golden Poppy Award
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Golden Poppy Award
Encarta
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Best Web Sites
Online Encyclopedia
Merlot
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Merlot,
project of California State University
"This is a great site to learn about Ginkgo biloba. This site will work for a wide variety of purposes. It is accurate and is kept current. It will acquaint a variety of users with the background and biology of this unique plant. The cultural aspects of the site make it particularly appealing. The information is interesting to read and the pictures are very well done. Students and instructors will be motivated by the content and use it as a good reference in the classroom or independent study." -
Citation Merlot Peer review.
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School Page's Web Site Excellence Award
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Excellence Award by 
The School Page

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WebProGroup Goldsite Award
Gardeners Choice award
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Gardeners Choice award
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Home & Hearth award
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Home & Hearth award
Infoseek
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/GO.com rated The Ginkgo Pages with 2 stars GO.com2 stars GO.com
Dr. Matrix Award for Science Excellence
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Dr. Matrix Award for Science Excellence
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Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
Chinese University of Hong Kong
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Biology Teaching Homepage
Chinese University of Hong Kong
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Britannica.com
5 stars
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The Web's Best Sites
Online Encyclopedia
Britannica.com
Education World
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Education World
ActionBioscience
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ActionBioscience.org

 
BBC Education Webguide
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BBC Education Web Guide
Wageningen University/Research

Top 10 resource by rating and votes.
The Plant Link Library of the
Dept.of Plant Sciences, Wageningen UR

 
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StudyWeb
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StudyWeb
"It's interesting and educational."
visual content 
.Site highly rated by Schoolzone.co.uk
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Schoolzone.co.uk
Approved by  Schoolzone's team of
independent education reviewers.
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NOAH
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New York Online Access to Health - NOAH
Hortus LeidenLeiden University
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Hortus Botanicus, Leiden University
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ARD
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ARD Mittagsmagazin (tv Germany)
Editor's Choice
Top 5% in K-12 Education
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Awesome Library
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Eos
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EOS-Magazine. Science and technology.
Exceptional Sites award
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Exceptional Sites award of Websourcenet
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Info Science
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Info Science
NBII
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National Biological Information Infrastructure - NBII
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Univ. of California,Berkeley
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UCMP, University of California, Berkeley
WDRWDR
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WDR (television), Germany
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ORF.at
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Radio/tv Austria
New York Times
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The New York Times on the Web - Science
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Nature Science update
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Nature.com
Ministerio de Educaciˇn, Cultura y Deporte, Spain
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Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte, Spain,
Proyecto Biosfera
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ARKive
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ARKive - images of life on Earth
Les Amis de la Terre
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Les Amis de la Terre, French ecology organization
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Hemtrńdgňrden
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Hemträdgården, Swedish gardening magazine
NDR television
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NDR Fernsehen (tv Germany)
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The Tree of Life Web Project
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The Tree of Life Web Project
IPL
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The Internet Public Library
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Kennislink
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Kennislink
Davindi
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Davindi, Dutch search engine for schools and libraries
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Usborne Internet-linked Science Encyclopedia
Botanical Society of America
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Paleobotanical section of the
Botanical Society of America
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Florida Museum of Natural History
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Florida Museum of Natural History
Boston Public Library
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Boston Public Library, Boston MA
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Species
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Species - Research Conservation Management
ndsl
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The National Science Digital Library, USA
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vifabio
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Virtuelle Fachbibliothek Biologie

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University of Washington Botanic Gardens
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SciLinks
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SciLinks - selected by National Science Teachers Association
Wikiwijs
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Wikiwijs (Wikiwise)
Dutch platform for teachers
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Best of the Web
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Best of the Web
College of Wooster
The College of Wooster, Ohio
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Yale University
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 
Yale University
New Haven, CT
"Research for this book benefited greatly from the availability of a few key resources that had already drawn together much scattered material on ginkgo, most important the wonderful Ginkgo Pages Website by Cor Kwant....."
Citation by Sir Peter Crane, Dean and professor, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, and former director of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK. 

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 Webarchief van Nederland
Koninklijke Bibliotheek
National Library of the Netherlands Web Archive

The selection of the Web Archive focuses on websites containing scientific and cultural content. 
Another area of interest is innovative websites.


Some of many other recognitions:
 

Academic Info Select Site
Belgische Dendrologie Belge
Biofinder, Zentrale für biowissenschaftliche Information im Internet
Bioplek voor HAVO/VWO
De Digitale School
Dutch Electronic Subject Service (Dutch Basic Classification)
ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics and Environmental education, part of the Educational Resources Information Center
Evolving Earth Foundation/University of Washington
HortiPlex Plant Database by GardenWeb
Internet Directory for Botany
Nederlandse Biologie Website
Radio Wien, Austria
Science First Hand/Hayka
Treenews by The Tree Council
The Alternative Medicine Homepage by the Falk Library of the Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
Biblioteca de la Universitat de Barcelona
University of Haifa, Israel
Washington State University
De Stentor
De Telegraaf
De Volkskrant
De Limburger
'Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot', book by Peter Crane, Yale University Press, March 2013
'Plants at the Margin, Ecological Limits and Climate Change' by R. M. M. Crawford (book Cambridge University Press), 2008
'Elhuyar Zientzia eta Teknika', scientific magazine no. 243 Elhuyar Foundation, 2008
'Forests for Oregon', Oregon Department of Forestry, magazine summer 2007
'Science First Hand', journal no. 3 (8) Russian Academy of Sciences , May 2006
'Koi', magazine KOI@HOME, 2005
'Extreme Nature' by Mark Carwardine (book Smithsonian/HarperCollins Publishers), 2005
*  many non-commercial websites

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