Cookies on CABI

Like most websites we use cookies. This is to ensure that we give you the best experience possible.


Continuing to use  means you agree to our use of cookies. If you would like to, you can learn more about the cookies we use.

Search this site
Sign up for the CABI e-zine Newsletter
Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment
Forest Science ***

Forest Science ***

"The complete online forest science information service that covers forest, wood science and agroforestry research."

The world's leading bibliographic database for forest, wood science and agroforestry research.

Visit the Forest Science product site.


Forest Science is the world's leading internet resource for forest, wood science and agroforestry research. At its core is our abstracting and indexing database. Updated weekly, the database supplies bibliographic information and abstracts for all aspects of agroforestry, forestry, tree biology, land use and wood science. Climate change effects, deforestation, forest logging and urban forestry are also key areas we cover.

Forest Science contains:

  • Over 1.2 million bibliographic records (derived from CAB Abstracts), covering the last 75 years of global forestry research
  • Weekly updates with over 46,000 records added per year
  • Over 46,000 full text records including: all relevant publications by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Ontario Forest Research Institute (OFRI) and the Forest Research Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences AND all relevant conferences by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Institute of Chartered Foresters, UK
  • News and research updates – written and selected by subject specialists
  • Events calendar of forestry conferences/meetings

Figures correct as at February 2019.

CAB Direct (CABI's own platform)


  • agroforestry products
  • agroforestry systems and other types of land use
  • animals for agroforestry
  • arboriculture and urban forestry
  • horticultural and plantation crops for agroforestry
  • pasture and field crops for agroforestry
  • trees and shrubs for agroforestry
Forest environment
  • biodiversity
  • climate and soil
  • environmental and service aspects
  • fire
  • forest ecology
  • forest health
  • land use
  • wildlife
Forest products
  • biodeterioration, damage to timber and wood preservation
  • dendrochronology
  • forest products industry and trade
  • fuel and energy
  • human ecology
  • information and training
  • non-wood forest products
  • panels, composite boards, modified wood, wood adhesives
  • pulp and paper and chemical utilization of wood
  • research and development
  • sociological, cultural and economic aspects
  • techniques and methodology
  • timber extraction, conversion and measurement
  • wood anatomy, wood chemistry and wood properties
  • wood utilization

Forest trees
  • biology of forest trees
  • genetics and breeding
  • taxonomy
Silviculture and forest management
  • economics
  • management and policy
  • mensuration and inventories
  • silviculture
Take advantage of:
  • Flexible searching and browsing options to help you carry out the search most suited to your users' needs and levels of expertise, including “Quick”, “Advanced” and “Expert” searches and a browse function for when they don’t have a specific search in mind
  • Enhanced search management functions, so your users can improve search results using "Refine” and “Related records”. Additionally, they can mark specific records to refine, export to disc, email, print or export to bibliographic software such as EndNote, ProCite and Reference Manager
  • CAB Thesaurus, the essential tool for indexing and retrieving information, which allows users to search the database in a far more systematic and specific way than simply searching free text
  • Extensive and improved linking facilities – from abstract to full text in just three clicks. Users can link to full text journal articles though CrossRef, and PubMedCentral, link to articles via PubMed and Google or link to document delivery suppliers such as the British Library, CISTI and Infotrieve
  • OpenURL compliance and support to serve libraries who wish to select and customize the links of most value to their users
who uses it?

An essential resource for foresters, scientists, environmental consultants, policy makers and others actively involved in research or decision-making in agroforestry, forestry, wood science, and the forest and timber industries.

why use it?
  • You don’t have to scan the ever-increasing world scientific literature – we’ve done it for you
  • You’ll find it easy to track down research that matters to you, because we’ve tagged all the important concepts
  • You can access the best-known journals; we cover publications that other databases do not include
Subscribe to Forest Science and benefit from:
  • Up-to-the-minute access to research developments in forest science

User guides

Forest science DB user guide
Forest Science Database userguide

Training video 

Forest science DB training video

If you require personal training on any of our products, please contact us directly at, for more information or visit our training page.

A variety of promotional materials are available to download from our For Librarians area.

If you require specific promotional materials for this CABI product, please contact our publishing promotions team.