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Horticultural Science

The leading database on tropical, subtropical and temperate horticultural science research

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About Horticultural Science

'Horticultural Science' provides access to worldwide research on horticultural crops, science and techniques through abstracts and full text documents.

Horticultural Science includes the vast bibliographic database of horticultural research collated by CABI since 1930, plus related full text documents, CABI Reviews on horticultural crops and topics, and current news.

Coverage includes genetic resources, taxonomy, molecular biology, genetics, biotechnology, breeding, cultivars, propagation, climate, environment, soils, crop management, protected cultivation, pests, diseases, weeds, plant physiology, crop quality, postharvest treatment, storage, marketing and supply chains, and horticultural techniques and technology.

Crops covered include temperate, subtropical and tropical fruits, nuts, vegetables, ornamentals (including lawns and turf), medicinal plants, essential oil plants, culinary herbs, hard fibre plants, perennial oil crops, beverage crops (including tea, coffee and cocoa) and other plantation and industrial crops (such as plant sources of latex, sweeteners and pesticidal compounds). Wild relatives, wild plants, new crops and underutilized crops are included.

Horticultural Science includes all the records from the CABI online subsets Horticultural Science Abstracts (1973+) and Ornamental Horticulture (1976+), plus the entire archive of horticultural records from CAB Abstracts (dating back to 1930).

Horticultural Science also includes all horticulture-related records published in Crop Physiology Abstracts, Plant Breeding Abstracts, Plant Genetic Resources Abstracts, Plant Growth Regulator Abstracts, Postharvest News and Information, Review of Aromatic and Medicinal Plants, and Seed Abstracts.


Over 40% of bibliographic records currently added per year link to free full text available in open access documents or held in the unique CABI full text repository. Additional full text is available through library holdings or other sources.

The CABI full text repository specializes in holding pdfs of 'hard-to-find' documents - journals, bulletins, conference proceedings and other documents which are 'hard-to-find' on the web or in print - most of these are unavailable elsewhere. There are over 130,000 horticulture-related full text documents in the CABI full text repository. These are identified by the 'Full text' button and can be searched by entering sc:ft in the Search box.


  • Over 1.8 million bibliographic records with detailed keyword (metadata) tagging
  • Over 50,000 records added per year, over 40% with full text access
  • Over 138,000 full text documents (journal articles, conference papers, reports) in the unique CABI full text repository
  • Over 9,000 full text documents currently added per year to the CABI full text repository
  • English summaries for literature from over 100 countries
  • Over 150 CAB Reviews, timely analysis written by subject experts
  • News and research updates



Bibliographic database: CAB Abstracts is recognized as the essential database for literature searches in horticultural science. Horticultural Science contains all records on horticultural research since 1930 to the present, derived from CAB Abstracts (1973+) and the CAB Abstracts archive (1913-1972), and is updated daily.

Full text documents from conferences, journals and bulletins in the CABI full text repository include:

  • Asian Journal of Horticulture
  • Journal of Horticultural Sciences
  • Journal of Plant Pathology
  • Journal of Spices and Aromatic Crops
  • Journal of Tropical Medicinal Plants
  • Mitteilungen Klosterneuburg, Rebe und Wein, Obstbau und Früchteverwertung
  • Revista Chapingo. Serie Horticultura
  • Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Minor Fruits and Medicinal Plants for Better Lives (2nd ISMF & MP)
  • Fruits & roots: A celebration and forward look. East Malling Centenery Conference
  • Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity of fruit crops and wild fruit species. Proceedings of the International Scientific and Practical Conference


CABI Reviews: specially commissioned, peer-reviewed articles written by experts in their field.

Smart searches: prepared by our information experts which highlight the breadth, scope and depth of our coverage and help the user get the quickest and best results searching Horticultural Science.

News: our plant and horticultural science experts find and interpret the latest developments in your field.

Serial cited list: we cite over 5,000 journals in our database. The serials cited list is available on the Horticultural Science marketing page.


CAB International

CABI is a not-for-profit science-based development and information organization. We improve people’s lives by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture, veterinary medicine, human health and the environment.

CABI helps address the challenges of food security by helping farmers produce more and lose less. We do this by improving crop yields, safeguarding the environment and improving access to agricultural and environmental scientific knowledge.

Our mission and direction is influenced by member countries who help guide the activities undertaken. These include scientific publishing, development projects and research, and microbial services.


Contact: Alexis Rendell-Dunn, Horticultural Science Product Manager, CABI, Nosworthy Way, Wallingford, OX10 8DE, UK.