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CAB Abstracts

"The most comprehensive database of its kind, CAB Abstracts gives researchers instant access to over 8.1 million records from 1973 onwards, with over 360,000 abstracts added each year. Its coverage of the applied life sciences includes agriculture, environment, veterinary sciences, applied economics, food science and nutrition."

CAB Abstracts is the leading English-language bibliographic information service providing access to the world’s applied life sciences literature.

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The most comprehensive database of its kind, CAB Abstracts gives researchers instant access to over 8.1 million records* from 1973 onwards, with over 360,000 abstracts added each year. Its coverage of the applied life sciences includes agriculture, environment, veterinary sciences, applied economics, food science and nutrition.

Our excellent international coverage sets CAB Abstracts apart from other databases. We process all relevant publications, including less well-known and non-English journals and those published by independent and learned publishers. With publications from over 120 countries in 50 languages, including English abstracts for most articles, researchers get the fullest global picture for any subject.

Our subject specialists rigorously select relevant records from over 8,000 serials, books and conference proceedings, ensuring unparalleled coverage. As a result, we have been shown to include information from more agricultural serials than any other database (don't just take our word for it – click here for an excerpt from an independent study published in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship)
 *Figures as of December 2015.

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  • - instant access to over 8.1 million records
    - over 360,000 abstracts added each year
    - international coverage, with publications from over 120 countries
    - each record hand-selected by our subject specialists from over 8,000 serials, books and conference proceedings
    - comprehensive subject indexing with the CAB Thesaurus – our controlled vocabulary tool – making searching easier and providing more precise access to ALL relevant research

Used by hundreds of the world's leading institutions, including 75% of US land-grant universities, together with many of the premier universities and research centres from across the globe, CAB Abstracts is the first choice for agriculture and related applied life sciences.

"CAB Abstracts is the leading English-language bibliographic information service providing access to the world's agricultural literature. It has a longstanding reputation for comprehensive, quality abstracting and indexing, and integrity of its data. This should be the first stop for the serious researcher."
- Luti Salisbury, Librarian/Professor, Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences Subject Specialist, University of Arkansas Libraries

 

"The search of CAB Abstracts was the most specific and yielded the most trials in the least amount of time."
- Alison Avenell, Helen G Handoll and Adrian M Grant, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

 

"This study indicates that if CAB Abstracts is available for searching the core agricultural serials, doing a literature search in any of all of the other three databases would represent a duplication of effort."
- Jodee l. Kawasaki, Indexing of Core Agricultural Serials, in IAALD

As well as selecting from thousands of core scientific journals, CAB Abstracts also offers extensive coverage of  "grey" literature from around the world including:

  • - annual Reports  
    - general Reports 
    - books/book chapters 
    - handbooks 
    - bulletins 
    - monographs 
    - conference proceedings  
    - newsletters 
    - discussion papers  
    - technical information  
    - field notes  
    - theses
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  • Subjects include:
  • Agricultural engineering
  • - agricultural and horticultural machinery 
    - implements, equipment and buildings 
    - design, construction, selection and operation and control 
    - effects on crops, livestock and soil 

    Applied economics and sociology
    - policy formation 
    - development programmes 
    - the economics of the food industry 
    - natural resources utilization 
    - farm management 
    - aspects of education and research 
    - rural sociology 

    Animal production
    - breeding and genetics of animals of economic importance 
    - animal production 
    - animal nutrition 
    - animal biotechnology 
    - aquaculture 
    - dairy science and technology 

    Animal health
    - all aspects of veterinary medicine 
    - animal welfare and behaviour 
    - zoonoses 
    - food safety (of meat and milk, including meat inspection)

  • Animal nutrition
    - nutrition, feeding and metabolism of farm animals, companion animals, equine, zoo and game animals  

    Aquaculture 
    - production, feeding, husbandry, breeding, genetics and health of cultured fish, crustaceans, molluscs, and other aquaculture species
     
    Biofuels
    - production and processing of energy crops into biodiesel or fuel ethanol 
    - energy forestry 
    - biogas production from livestock wastes and agricultural residues 
    - fermentation technology 
    - energy policy 
    - economics and landuse issues
  •   
  • Biosafety and Bioterrorism
    Biosafety issues associated with introduction of transgenic organisms, including:
    - environmental impact and food safety issues 
    - regulations, treaties and trade 
    - issues related to Agricultural chemicals and laboratory techniques  
    - detection and prevention of bioterrorism
  • - pathogens affecting humans and agricultural organisms  
  •  
  • Biotechnology
    The application of molecular genetics, genetic engineering and in vitro culture to organisms of agricultural importance, with an emphasis on: 
    - methodology 
    - studies of agriculturally useful traits 
    - applications of biotechnology for traditional animal and plant breeding 
    - economic, planning and policy aspects 
    - biosafety 
    - GM food, legal and social issues  
  •  
  • Breeding
    All aspects of breeding and genetics of animals and plants using traditional approaches and modern techniques, including: 
    - use of genetic resources in breeding 
    - breeders’ rights 
    - reproduction 
    - evolution and domestication
  •  
  • Chemistry
    - pesticides 
    - adjuvants 
  • - botanical pesticides 
    - biochemistry of pest organisms 
    - biocontrol 
    - farmed animals and plants 
  • - biofuels 
    - chemistry of soils, fertilizers, freshwater and waste water
  • - nutritional biochemistry 
     
    Climate change
    The effect of climate change on natural resources, covering:
    - crop production, pests and diseases 
    - animal health and production 
    - human health 
    - agro-economic aspects such as rural development and demography 
    - tourism 
    - the production and processing of bio-fuels 
    - microbiology fermentation 
    - energy co-generation in the sugar industry 
     
    Crop science and grasslands
    All aspects relating to field and forage crops including: 
    - genetics and breeding 
    - taxonomy 
    - botany 
    - physiology 
    - biochemistry 
    - propagation 
    - production 
    - management and storage 
    - grassland and rangeland ecology, management and sustainability 
      
    Ecotourism
    - sustainable tourism development 
    - tourism for development and poverty alleviation in developing countries 
    - environmental management systems 
    - environmental impact of tourism and tourist facilities 
    - nature conservation
  • - resource use
       
    Entomology
  • - taxonomy 
    - genetics 
    - behaviour 
    - morphology 
    - physiology 
    - control of insects and other arthropods of medical, veterinary or agricultural importance
       
    Environmental science
    - environment 
    - biodiversity and ecology, including soil science, water resources, organic farming, forestry and integrated crop management 
    - environmental pollution and remediation 
    - issues relating to the conservation of land, forest and soils 
    - biological and genetic resources 
    - climate change effects 
    - Nature conservation
       
    Food science and technology
    Entire food chain – from farm to fork and beyond including:
    - composition 
    - quality control 
    - processing 
    - analytical methodologies 
    - safety 
    - hygiene 
    - effect on human health 
    - technology 
    - legislation
       
    Forestry
    All aspects of global forest and wood science research, including:
    - silviculture and forest management 
    - tree biology 
    - forest ecology 
    - agroforestry 
    - logging 
    - wood anatomy 
    - wood technology 
    - international trade of timber and non-wood forest products
       
    Genetics
    Genetics of organisms of agricultural or economic significance and wild relatives, covering:
    - molecular genetics 
    - cytogenetics 
    - population genetics 
    - genomics 
    - nutrigenomics 
    - prevalence of genetic risk factors and susceptibility genes in humans 
      
    Helminthology
    All aspects of medical and veterinary helminthology of these parasites, including:
    - genetics 
    - physiology 
    - biochemistry 
    - ecology 
    - pathology 
    - immunobiology 
    - epidemiology and transmission 
    - life cycle 
    - vectors 
    - treatment and control and scientific techniques 
     
    Horticultural science
    All aspects of horticultural science, including:
    - genetic resources 
    - breeding 
    - biology 
    - propagation 
    - pests, diseases 
    - crop management 
    - growth models 
    - environmental physiology 
    - postharvest treatment 
    - crop quality 
    - marketing and economics of horticultural crops 
     
    Human nutrition 
    - physiology and biochemistry of all nutrients 
    - analytical methodologies 
    - public health nutrition 
    - sports nutrition 
    - nutrition education 
    - dietary surveys 
    - reproduction and diet 
    - human growth 
    - infant feeding 
    - ageing 
    - nutritional status 
    - clinical nutrition
       
    Invasive species
    All invasive plants and cyanobacteria or animals of veterinary importance and any invasive animal (including many insects and other arthropods, rodents, feral goats and other mammals) that affect the following:
    - crops 
    - forest trees 
    - stored agricultural products 
    - timbers 
    - grasslands 
    - soils 
    - water supplies 
    - human health
       
    Leisure and tourism
    Social, economic and environmental impacts of activities, products and services in: Leisure, recreation, sport and tourism and travel  
     
    Medicinal plants and pharmacology
    - botany 
    - physiology 
  • - biochemistry 
    - propagation and cultivation of medicinal plants 
    - pharmacological papers on plant constituents and herbal drugs 
     
    Microbiology
    - veterinary microbiology 
    - plant pathogens 
    - mycorrhizas 
    - soil microbiology 
    - forest microbiology 
    - food microbiology 
    - microbiology related to water pollution 
    - toxinogenic fungi 
    - mycotoxins and other toxins 
    - animal vaccines
    • Microrganisms of veterinary and cultural importance including their:
    • - taxonomy
    • - ecology
    • - biochemistry
    • - genetics
      
    Mycology
    • - molecular genetics
    • - physiology
    • - biochemistry and systematics

    All aspects of mycoses in both humans and animals including:
    • - pathology
    • - epidemiology
    • - immunology
    • - diagnosis
    • - therapy 
     
    Natural resources, land/water management
  • All aspects of soil science and management and all aspects of land resources management including:
    - fertilizers 
    - earth sciences 
    - environmental pollution 
    - remediation aspects 
    - water resources and their management in terms of agriculture 
    - water supply in relation to factors such as climate change
  • Issues relating to the conservation of :
    • - land
    • - forest
    • - soil
    • - biological and genetic resources
    • - nature and habitat
      
    Nematology
    • - plant nematode diseases
    • - other nematodes and hosts
    • - biology
    • - ecology
    • - control
    • - nematicides
    • - nematodes as genetic models
    • - techniques
    • - equipment and machinery
    • - economics
    • - extension
    • - education
      
    Organic and sustainable agriculture
    • Organic and sustainable crop production and animal husbandry Including:
    • - soil fertility management
    • - composting
    • - pest control
    • - organic methods of animal healthcare
    • - low input and traditional farming systems
    • - environmental impacts of farming and organic foods
      
    Parasitology

    Medical and veterinary parasitic diseases and vectors and vector-borne diseases, which includes many of the most important tropical diseases. Complete coverage of host organisms, taxonomy, biology and control.

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    Plant pathology
    All types of plant pathogens including:
    - diseases of all crops 
    - forest trees 
    - weeds and wild plants 
    - pathogen biology 
    - mycotoxins 
    - plant disease control 
    - fungicides 
    - techniques, equipment and economics 
      
    Plant protection
    Comprehensive coverage of the control and management of pests, weeds, parasites and pathogens, including:
    - chemical control (all aspects of pesticides) 
    - biological control 
    - cultural and physical control 
    - integrated pest management 
    - pest/disease resistance 
    - pest surveys 
    - quarantine control equipment 
    - all organisms that harm crops, stored products, forest trees and timber 
     
    Postharvest
    All aspects of postharvest research, from harvesting the crop up to the initial stages of processing.
     
    Protozoology
    - taxonomy 
    - morphology 
    - molecular genetics 
    - physiology 
    - host relationships, 
    - clinical aspects of protozoal infections of medical and veterinary importance including immunobiology, treatment and control of the diseases and their vectors. 
      
    Soil science
    All aspects of soil science including soil properties, soil management including:
    - classification and formation 
    - soil conservation 
    - irrigation and drainage 
    - fertilizer technology
       
    Veterinary medicine
    Comprehensive coverage of veterinary medicine (food animals, pets, sport horses, zoo and wild animals), including:
    - veterinary pharmacology 
    - surgery 
    - diagnosis  Immunology 
    - veterinary public health 
     
    Virology
    - phage and fungal viruses related to animal and plants 
    - pathogens Viruses of agricultural and forestry species 
    - animal viruses and viral infections of veterinary interest 
    - insect viruses where there is potential for biological control and plant viruses carried by insects. 
     
    Waste management
    - biological, chemical and physical treatment of water and agricultural wastes 
    - the use (including genetic manipulation of) microorganisms for the breakdown of specific compounds 
    - reclamation and bioremediation of polluted lands, soil and freshwater pollution from natural and manmade sources
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