Student Services Department
Student Services Librarian
by Sheena Campbell – January 6, 2021
Use this guide to discover and use of information resources in plant breeding research. Please feel free to contact Sheena with questions, or to schedule a research consultation or an instruction session for your class or lab group.
Global agricultural statistics (FAOStat)
Agricultural production data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Example: Data > Producer Prices > [choose a crop, year, country]
Composition data for foods.
Example: Tables and Databases > [choose a user guide to view contents]
US National Agricultural Statistics Service
The NASS Quick Stats Database is the most comprehensive tool for accessing agricultural data published by NASS. It allows you to customize your query by commodity, location, or time period.
Example: survey > crops > field crops > hops
Industry groups often collect or repackage production and price data relevant to their membership. For example, the California Strawberry Commission releases various reports on the current and historical status of the strawberry market in the U.S., derived from both public and private data sources.
Find more resources in the Agricultural Statistics Research Guide
UC Davis Library Special Collections
Collections Related to Plant Breeding
Wild and domesticated species of plants and animals
The OAC is a website that provides free public access to detailed descriptions [and in some cases digital copies] of primary source collections (artwork, manuscripts, papers, historic photographs, and so on) maintained by more than 200 libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California — including collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses.
ArchiveGrid provides descriptions of documents, personal papers, family histories, and other archival materials held by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives. The majority of the records are from US institutions, and were harvested from the most comprehensive shared library catalog available to us, WorldCat.
Ex. search for Plant Breeding
**The following lists are examples of each kind of source, and are by no means exhaustive.**
Genomic and Molecular Information
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.
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.
Descriptions, parentage, and trademark names of crops
Search within “Register of New Fruit and Nut Cultivars” in the journal Hortscience.
library.ucdavis.edu > Journals A-Z > Hortscience > Search Within Journal
Government and international sources of germplasm and descriptions
Find other entities with Library of Congress Subject Headings:
Germplasm Repositories at UC Davis
Literature on Genebanks