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Plant Sciences / Plant Biology / Plant Pathology

by Sheena Campbell – January 22, 2021

This guide is to help you find information and resources related to the study of plants. Feel free to reach Sheena by email, or in person (when the library is open). She also conducts web meetings in Zoom by appointment.

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In this Guide:

Safari Tech Books Online

Electronic books and videos on computer and web programming, databases,  statistics, and office software.

Plant Science Manuscript Collections in the UC Davis Library

The UC Davis Library selectively collects the records of UC Davis faculty and other individuals or organizations whose work may be of continued research interest.  This guide is a static list of some of these collections, which are available for use in the Special Collections reading room in Shields Library.

JSTOR: The Scholarly Journal Archive
JSTOR provides Full-Text access to back files of hundreds important scholarly journals in nearly 50 disciplines spanning the arts, humanities, social sciences and the sciences. Current issues are now included for selected titles. Holdings vary by journal. JSTOR is a not-for-profit organization established with the assistance of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Turfgrass Information File
TGIF provides bibliographic and descriptive records of all types of works related to turfgrass culture. TGIF was established in 1983 by the UnitedStates Golf Association (USGA) Turfgrass Research Committee and the Michigan State University Libraries, and is now maintained by the Turfgrass Information Center, a division of MSU Libraries.

Coverage: 1895 – present
Tags: Horticulture

Sources of vegetation and land cover data


California vegetation data in tabular and geospatial formats from the US Forest Service. This resource includes vegetation classification keys and descriptions with mid-level species detail for each CALVEG Zone.


Database of vegetation plots, plant community and species data operated by Ecological Society of America’s Panel on Vegetation Classification.

The Nature Conservancy: Maps & GIS Data

Interactive maps and downloadable conservation data from The Nature Conservancy.

Map and GIS Resources

Map and GIS Resources

The UC Davis Library provides resources and services for those studying and applying spatial information. These include physical map collections, GIS resources and tools and services, and a vast array of geographic and cartographic material across the UC Davis Library.

Genetic and Molecular Data


A database of representative repetitive sequences from eukaryotic species. According to its producer, Repbase is being used worldwide as the reference standard for annotating the presence of repetitive DNA in genomic data. Newly identified repetitive DNA elements reported in the monthly e-journal, Repbase Reports, are stored and shared in the Repbase database.

The Arabadopsis Information Resource (TAIR)

The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) maintains a database of genetic and molecular biology data for the model higher plant Arabidopsis thaliana . Data available from TAIR includes the complete genome sequence along with gene structure, gene product information, gene expression, DNA and seed stocks, genome maps, genetic and physical markers, publications, and information about the Arabidopsis research community. Gene product function data is updated every week from the latest published research literature and community data submissions. TAIR also provides extensive linkouts from data pages to other Arabidopsis resources.


USDS ARS Image Gallery

A variety of agricultural images that are typically in the public domain.

JSTOR Global Plants

Collection of more than 2 million digitized plant type specimens from herbaria around the world including UC Davis. Also contains photographs, artwork and links to taxonomic literature. Search or browse by resource type, geography, collection or herbarium.

USDA NRCS PLANTS Database Image Gallery

Images of wild and domestic plants.

Please check images for conditions of use.

National Agricultural Library Digital Collections

Digitized resources from the National Agricultural Library.

A rights category for each item specifies its copyright status and the conditions for use.

Wikimedia Commons

Many free to use and public domain media items categorized by topic.

Flickr: Creative Commons

Flickr is a social photo sharing website. Using the advanced search it is possible to find photos that are available for use under a Creative Commons license.


CalPhotos is a large collection of photos of plants, animals, fossils, people, and landscapes from around the world. A variety of organizations and individuals have contributed photographs to CalPhotos.

Contributors maintain copyright;  follow the usage guidelines provided with each image.