Research Support Services
Researcher Services Librarian
by Leyla R Cabugos – July 30, 2020
Use this guide to discover and use of information resources in plant breeding research. Please feel free to contact Leyla with questions, or to schedule a research consultation or an instruction session for your class or lab group.
Plant breeding is informed by a variety of academic disciplines, for which subject-specific article databases and other resources have been developed. The databases linked below are collections of articles and other publications, indexed to allow for precise searching. The descriptions will help you select the best tool for the research task at hand. You are always welcome to consult with a librarian if you would like help with this.
Tip for Google Scholar users: For smooth access to paywalled resources, make sure it’s set up to show you what’s available through the UCD Library. Here’s how.
You can find additional resources in the research guides listed below:
Full List of UCDL Subject Guides (accessible from the Library homepage)
Provides citations and abstracts to the international agricultural literature, including veterinary medicine, human and animal nutrition, forestry, rural development, as well as other related topics such as tourism and human ecology. Covers over 11,000 journals & conference proceedings and selected books in agriculture. Produced by CAB (Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux) International (CABI) with more than 10 million records.
HISTORICAL SCOPE: Archive abstracts added in August 2005 go back to 1910 with 1,860,000 additional records. CAB DATABASE PDFs: As of January 2009, hard-to-find literature may be available as CAB Database PDFs (so noted *below* the UC-eLinks button). These CABI Full Text items give users automatic access to over 350,000 journal articles, conference papers and reports – 80% of which are not available electronically anywhere else. NOTE: the default UCD Search Type is set to Advanced Ovid Search.
“AgEcon Search – Research in Agricultural and Applied Economics” is a World Wide Web site developed and maintained at the University of Minnesota by Magrath Library and the Department of Applied Economics. AgEcon Search collects, indexes, and electronically distributes full text copies of scholarly research in the broadly defined field of agricultural economics including sub disciplines such as agribusiness, food supply, natural resource economics, environmental economics, policy issues, agricultural trade, and economic development. AgEcon Search will serve as the permanent archive for this literature and encourages authors and organizations to use this electronic library as the storehouse for additional appropriate scholarly electronic works.”
Seach U.S. government technical reports issued primarily prior to 1976 and digitized by TRAIL member libraries. Digitized series include Atomic Energy Commission, NACA, Bureau of Mines Bulletins, and NBS publications.
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
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Most literature databases provide a description of articles, or other literature resources, that allows you to find them among thousands of sources. However, there is often another step required to access a full text copy. This extra step is facilitated through the UCD E-links button, found on the item record.
Not all articles will be accessible directly from a database, as UCD E-links can only connect you to material licensed or owned by the library. However, we can borrow material from other libraries, if you put in an Interlibrary Loan request.
Watch how to make an Interlibrary Loan request for articles not available in the library collection.