Publications by R. F. Betz

Theses and Proposals

Betz, R.F. 1952. Further study on the vitamin requirements of yeasts of the genus Hansenula. Thesis (M.S.)--Illinois Institute of Technology.

Betz, R.F. 1955. Studies in purine and pyrimidine transdeoxyribosidases in Lactobacillus helveticus. Thesis (Ph.D.)--Illinois Institute of Technology.

Betz, R.F. 1967. The ecology of Asclepias, especially Asclepias meadii Torrey, and a study of the factors contributing to their possible extinction as a wild plant. A research proposal to the National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Journal Publications

Furutani, Y., R.F. Betz & L.R. Hedrick. 1953.Vitamin requirements of Hansenula yeasts in relation to their phylogeny. Journal of Bacteriology, 65(3):276–280. pdf

Roush, A.H. & R.F. Betz. 1956. The adenosine deaminase of crustaceans. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 19(3):579-80. pdf

Roush, A.H. & R.F. Betz. 1958. Purification and properties of trans-N-deoxyribosylase. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 233(2):261-6. pdf

Betz, R.F. and M.H. Cole. 1969. The peacock prairie--a study of a virgin Illinois mesic black-soil prairie: forty years after initial study. Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science, 62(1):44-53. pdf

Betz, R.F. 1992. The tallgrass prairie. Restoration & Management Notes, 10(1):33-35. pdf

Bowles, M.L., R.F. Betz, & M.M. DeMauro. 1993. Propagation of rare plants from historic seed collections - implications for rare species restoration and herbarium management. Restoration Ecology 1(2):101-105. pdf

Bowles, M.L., J.L. McBride & R.F. Betz. 1998. Management and Restoration Ecology of the federal threatened Mead’s milkweed, Asclepias meadii, (ASCLEPIADACEAE). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, 85:110-125. pdf

Proceedings

Betz, R.F. 1972. The use of old and abandoned cemeteries as prairie preserves [Abstract], p. 21. In: J.H. Zimmerman(ed.). Proceedings of the second Midwest Prairie Conference.

Betz, R.F. and H.F. Lamp. 1973. The species composition of old settler cemetery prairies in northern Illinois and northwestern Indiana [Abstract], p. 47. In: L.C. Hulbert (ed.). Third Midwest Prairie Conference Proceedings. Manhattan, Kansas: Division of Biology, Kansas State University.

Betz, R.F. 1976. The Prairies of Indiana, p. 25-31. In: D.C. Glenn-Lewin & R.Q. Landers (eds.). Proceedings of Fifth Midwest Prairie Conference. Ames: Iowa State University Press. pdf

Betz, R.F. 1986. One decade of research in prairie restoration at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), Batavia, Ill., p. 179-185. In: G.K. Clambey & R.H. Pemble (eds.). The prairie: past, present and future: Proceedings of the Ninth North American Prairie Conference. Fargo, ND: Tri-College University Center for Environmental Studies, North Dakota State University. pdf

Betz, R.F. and H.F. Lamp. 1989. Species composition of old settler silt-loam prairies, p. 33-39. In: T.B. Bragg & J.Stubbendieck (eds.). Proceedings of the Eleventh North American Prairie Conference: Prairie pioneers: ecology, history and culture. Lincoln, Neb.: University of Nebraska.  pdf

Betz, R.F. 1989. Ecology of Mead's milkweed (Asclepias meadii Torrey), p. 187-191. In: T.B. Bragg & J.Stubbendieck (eds.). Proceedings of the Eleventh North American Prairie Conference: Prairie pioneers: Ecology, history and culture. Lincoln, Neb.: University of Nebraska. pdf

Betz, R.F. and H.F. Lamp. 1992. Flower, pod, and seed production in eighteen species of milkweeds (Asclepias), p.25-30. In: D. D. Smith and C. Jacobs (eds.). Proceedings of the Twelfth North American Prairie Conference: Recapturing a vanishing heritage. Cedar Falls, Iowa: University of Northern Iowa. pdf

Betz, R.F. and H.F. Lamp. 1992. Species composition of old settler savanna and sand prairie cemeteries in northern Illinois and northwestern Indiana, p. 79-87. In: D. D. Smith and C. Jacobs (eds.). Proceedings of the Twelfth North American Prairie Conference: Recapturing a vanishing heritage. Cedar Falls, Iowa: University of Northern Iowa.  pdf

Betz, R.F., R.D. Struven, J.E. Wall & F.B. Heitler. 1994. Insect pollinators of 12 milkweed (Asclepias) species, p.45-60. In: R. G. Wickett, P. D. Lewis, A. Woodliffe & P. Pratt (eds.). Proceedings of the Thirteenth North American Prairie Conference: Spirit of the land, our prairie legacy. Windsor, Ont.: Department of Parks & Recreation.  pdf

Betz, R.F., W.R. Rommel & J.J. Dichtl. 2000. Insect herbivores of 12 milkweed (ASCLEPIAS) species, p. 7-19. In: C. Warwick (ed.). Proceedings of the Fifteenth North American Prairie Conference. Bend, Or.: Natural Areas Association. pdf

Betz, R.F., R.J. Lootens & M.K. Becker. 2000. Two decades of prairie restoration at Fermilab, Batavia, Illinois, p.20-30. In: C. Warwick (ed.). Proceedings of the Fifteenth North American Prairie Conference. Bend,Oregon: Natural Areas Association.  pdf

Non-Technical Publications

Betz, R.F. 1965. Prairie plants of the Chicago region. Lisle, Ill., Morton Arboretum. (Morton Arboretum Booklet 3.).  pdf

Betz, Robert F. 1968. Weeds and Man. The Morton Arboretum Quarterly, 4(2):26-32. pdf

Betz, R.F. 1976. Tracking the prairie. Prairie Farmer 148(21):56-57.

Betz, R.F. 1972. What is a prairie? Pages: [6-15]. In: T.Korling. The prairie: swell and swale, from nature. Dundee, Ill.  pdf

Betz, Robert F. 1972. Wild Illinois. Field Museum of Natural History Bulletin, 43(4):8-9.

Betz, R.F. 1979. Resurrecting the prairie. Garden (New York), 3(4):28-34.

Reports

Betz, R.F. 1970-5. The Wolf Road Prairie: plants, animals, insects and soils. Unpublished reports to the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission.

Betz, R.F. 1975. The Santa Fe Prairie. Unpublished report to the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission.

Betz, R.F. 1976. Tazewell Gravel Terrace Prairie (Manito Prairie). Rockford, Ill.: Illinois Nature Preserves Commission.

Betz, R.F. and J.E. Hohn. 1978. Status report for Asclepias meadii. Prepared for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 6, Denver, Colorado.

Rowan, J. & R.F. Betz. 1978. Insects – identified to date – on the Gensburg-Markham Prairie. In: Third Northern Illinois Prairie Workshop, March 4, 1978. Batavia, Ill.: Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

Betz, R.F. 1988. Report on the search to rediscover Mead's milkweed (in Indiana). Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago.

Bowles, M.L., J.L. McBride & R.F Betz. 1994. Propagation of Mead’s milkweed (Asclepias meadii) and its restoration in northeastern Illinois and adjacent Indiana. 1994. Report to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, Illinois Department of Conservation & Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL.

Bowles, M.L., J.L. McBride & R.F Betz. 1995. Mead’s milkweed (Asclepias meadii) restoration in Illinois and Indiana. Report to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service.

Publications about R. F. Betz

A prairie preserved. 1972. Outdoor Illinois.
Rebuilding the prairie within an ‘Atom Smasher.’ 1979. Defenders.
Learning how to revive the wilds of Eden. 1991. Time.
Rebirth of the prairie state. 1992. U.S. News & World Report.
A prairie’s boon companion. 1992. Sports Illustrated.
Fermilab Prairie, Batavia, Illinois. 2000. Chicago Wilderness Magazine.
Gensburg-Markham Prairie, Markham, Illinois 2000. Chicago Wilderness Magazine.
Professor Prairie. 2003. FERMINEWS.
Coyne, M. 2005. Bob Betz, lighting the fire within. Chicago Wilderness Magazine (Winter).  pdf
Friend of the prairies. 2007. Chicago Tribune.
Restoring the Prairie. 2007. E/The Environmental Magazine
Harty, F.M. 2007. Dr. Robert F. Betz. Natural Areas Journal 27(3). pdf
Dr. Robert F. Betz. 2007. Chicago Wilderness Magazine.  pdf
Fermilab. 2007. Dr. Robert F. Betz and his lasting influence on Fermilab and the region. Memorial Program. pdf



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