28 March 2017 – Academic publisher and international not-for-profit organisation, CABI, has today launched its Horticulture Compendium – a new, unique encyclopaedic resource of authoritative horticultural datasheets providing global coverage of temperate, tropical and subtropical food crops. It joins CABI’s critically-acclaimed compendia series, making a real difference to the working lives of people across the globe by bringing together a vast selection of information into one place.

At present, an estimated 795 million people go hungry with many more suffering from malnutrition. The science of horticulture has an important role to play in the sustainable production and supply of crops to combat malnutrition and improve health and wellbeing.

The Horticulture Compendium contains over 200 detailed datasheets on globally significant crops and crops of emerging importance in 500 national and provincial locations. It also contains 29 detailed peer-reviewed Key Topic chapter-like datasheets advising on best practices related to harvesting, post-harvest storage, food safety, seed production and handling, and other topics of horticultural interest. New content will be continually developed.

The resource will be of use to students, teachers, lecturers, practitioners (grower operations managers, agro dealers, extension workers) and key decision makers, as a reference guide to aid crop production and to aid adaptation to agricultural threats such as climate change.

The Horticulture Compendium sits alongside CABI’s Horticultural Science internet resource, launched in 2016, which provides a complimentary repository of abstracts, full-text articles, news and reviews for scientists, researchers, students and all those who need to keep up-to-date with current research and trends in horticultural science.

CABI’s Chief Information Officer, Andrea Powell, said, “We are delighted to launch this new addition to CABI’s suite of compendia. This latest internet resource helps satisfy the growing demand within the horticultural community for easy access to high quality scientific information. I’m confident this valuable resource will go a long way towards diversifying agriculture and securing global nutrition.”

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