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Subject Librarian:

Kristen Cooper

This subject covers: the study of plant diseases and disorders and the effects of pests and pollution on plants.

Article Databases and Indexes

* Premier Resources *

Search here to find citations and abstracts for articles from over 600 periodicals, as well as USDA and state experiment station and extension publications, and selected books on agriculture, animal husbandry, animal and human nutrition, forestry, plant pathology, plant science, human ecology, agricultural economics, rural sociology.

CAB Abstracts covers agriculture in its broadest sense, including crop production, forestry, environment, animal health and nutrition, veterinary science, agricultural engineering, biotechnology, soil and water, agricultural economics, recreation and tourism, rural sociology, and human nutrition and health. Indexes journal articles, monographs, conferences, and other primary literature.

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Full text library of agricultural and applied literature.

This database includes the renowned AGRICOLA, ESPM, and EIS databases and provides full-text titles from around the world, including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, government publications, and more. For those researchers who need to conduct comprehensive literature reviews, this database includes specialized, editorial-controlled A&I resources for discovery of relevant scholarly research and technical literature critical to the discipline.

Information for international agricultural research, from 1975 to the present.

To gain off-campus access to articles from library journal subscriptions, change the Library Settings to University of Minnesota Twin Cities in Google Scholar (see this tutorial) Use Google Scholar to find articles from academic publishers, professional societies, research institutes, and scholarly repositories from colleges and universities. Look for the "FindIt@U of M Twin Cities" links in your Google Scholar search results to access library subscriptions. Learn more: Google Scholar FAQ

This is the primary source of journal article for the health sciences. You can search MEDLINE and preMEDLINE databases with full text access to all MEDLINE e-journals subscribed to by the University of Minnesota TC Libraries. MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database/article index that contains over 17 million references to journal articles. Coverage is from 1949 to the present. Over 5200 journals worldwide in over 37 languages are accessible.

Primary source of journal citations for the health sciences - the public version provides only limited full text access to journal articles. Includes Medline and Pre-Medline (articles more recent than found in Medline).

An abstract and citation database with a single search platform searching content from ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciTopics, and relevant Web content.

Search within a comprehensive interdisciplinary collection of journal article citations. Subjects generally covered are within Science and technology, arts and humanities, and social sciences . Use the citation web to find articles and journals with the most impact. Coverage runs from 1975 to the present. Find help on their website.

Indexes, Other

A database of the names and associated basic bibliographical details of all seed plants. Its goal is to eliminate the need for repeated reference to primary sources for basic bibliographic information about plant names. The data in the IPNI comes from three sources: the Index Kewensis (IK), the Gray Card Index (GCI) and the Australian Plant Names Index (APNI).The data are freely available.

Includes current sources in North American nurseries for over 70,000 plants; over 200,000 citations to current plant science literature, listings for more than 1300 North American seed and nursery firms, and an evaluative review of 75 CD-ROMs and web sites of plant images.
This resource is free and open to the public.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


A bibliography of the American Phytopathological Society (APS) Press Disease Compendiums available at the Plant Pathology library. Companion image CDs are included on this list. Limited titles may be available at other University of Minnesota libraries.


MNCAT Catalog searches for books, e-books, e-journals, maps, music scores, films, sound recordings, government publications, archival materials etc, owned by or accessible via the University of Minnesota.

Find books, journals, articles, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films, theses/dissertations, machine-readable data files, and any other materials available in libraries worldwide. This covers all subject areas. Request items through Interlibrary Loan using the ILLiad link on each item's record. WorldCat is produced by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center, Inc.)

General Reference Sources

Atlases & Maps

Source for data on the worldwide distribution of plant diseases of economic or quarantine importance. Created in association with the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO), over 1000 Disease Maps can be browsed, searched, and used via this site.

Source for data on the worldwide distribution of plant pests of economic or quarantine importance. Created in association with the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO), over 700 Pest Maps can be browsed, searched, and used via this site.

Dissertations and Theses

Dissertations and theses from over 1000 universities. Doctoral dissertations are indexed for almost all North American graduate schools and many European universities. Masters theses from selected schools only. Provides bibliographic citations for older titles. Abstracts are included for dissertations since 1980 and for masters theses since 1988. Some dissertations, beginning with 1997 publication dates, are available digitally. These include the University of Minnesota and other CIC member universities.

General Reference Works

The Plant List is a working list of all known plant species. Version 1, released in December 2010, aims to be comprehensive for species of Vascular plant (flowering plants, conifers, ferns and their allies) and of Bryophytes (mosses and liverworts).


For use by plant pathologists and veterinary and medical mycologists. These provide integrated information to allow identification / confirmation of the identity of significant species, along with related information on pathology or other economic significance. The Descriptions of Fungi and Bacteria were initiated in 1964, and more than 1600 sheets have been issued, each devoted to a single species.

Handbooks and Manuals

The aims and scope of Current Protocols in Plant Biology are to provide a curated compilation of current methods that cover all aspects of plant biology with the goal of advancing the progress of plant science research.

Internet Resources

Electronic Texts

CAB E-Books covering the applied life-sciences.

Over 25,000 electronic books covering a wide range of disciplines. Publishers include: Apress, Birkhauser, Copernicus Books, Humana, Physica-Verlag, Plenum US, Praxis, Springer, Springer-Verlag, Steinkopff, and TELOS.

Gateways & Megasites

List of websites for plant pathology, nematology, mycology, virology and forest pathology.

A cooperative resource for the applied plant sciences. Offers an extensive searchable database comprised of thousands of web-based resource pages from the network's partner universities, companies, and associations. The network's peer-reviewed citable journals, Plant Health Progress, Crop Management, Forage and Grazinglands, and Applied Turfgrass Science provide credible current information in areas important to practitioners, policy makers, and the public.

Multimedia Materials

Image Resources

A curated bibliography of quality image collections listed by subject. These resources include local collections, licensed content, and select open online collections of images.

Primary Source Materials

Archival Materials

The University of Minnesota Libraries has digitized the records of the principals of the Green Revolution, the worldwide collaborative effort to expand food crop production that traces its roots to the University of Minnesota in the first half of the 20th century. The project's centerpiece is the Norman E. Borlaug Papers, 1930-2006, which are frequently used by students, faculty, and independent scholars. The digitized collections are available in the UMedia Archive. They include: Norman E. Borlaug Papers, 1930-2006 Cereal Rust Laboratory Records, 1823, 1946-2007 John Gibler Papers, 1890-2006 Helen Hart Papers, 1917-1953 Elvin C. Stakman papers, 1918-1973 Department of Plant Pathology and Physiology Records, 1918-2007

Access to the digitized files of original field notes, correspondence, photographs, and administrative records that are part of the University of Minnesota Archives, including: Norman E. Borlaug papers; John Gilber papers; Helen Hart papers; E.C. Stakman papers; Department of Plant Pathology and Physiology records; Cereal Rust Laboratory records.

Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

AgNIC is a voluntary partnership between land grant institutions, libraries, departments within colleges and universities, states, extension programs, etc.,to provide selected, quality agricultural information. AgNIC provides information on animal science, animal products, farms and farming, food and nutrition, insects, forest science, plant diseases, rural and agricultural sociology, and a host of other topics.

The American Phytopathological Society (APS) is a non-profit, professional, scientific organization dedicated to the study and control of plant diseases.

The ASM is the world's largest scientific society of individuals interested in the microbiological sciences. The mission of the Society is to advance the microbiological sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health and environmental and economic well-being worldwide.

The IS-MPMI is comprised of members from more than 30 countries who research molecular aspects of microorganisms interacting with plants and the consequences of such interactions. Disciplines represented by IS-MPMI members include microbiology, nematology, plant pathology, plant breeding, and many more.

The mission of the MDA is to enhance Minnesotans' quality of life by ensuring the integrity of the food supply, the health of the environment, and the strength of the state's agricultural economy.

The MSA is a scientific society dedicated to advancing the science of mycology - the study of fungi of all kinds including mushrooms, molds, truffles, yeasts, lichens, plant pathogens, and medically important fungi. The scholarly journal "Mycologia" is one of the top mycological serials worldwide. The bimonthly newsletter "Inoculum" keeps members up to date on fungal news of all kinds. MSA members meet annually to exchange information about all aspects of fungi.

Statistics and Data

Data Resources

Provides links to collections of data are maintained by the Agricultural Research Service or by ARS in cooperation with other organizations. Organized by broad topic: Chemistry and Biochemistry, Food and Nutrition, Genetics, Germplasm, Natural Resources, Systematics(Taxonomic Classification)

Overviews and allows text-based searches of over 25 of the bibliographic databases and biomolecular data resources held at NCBI (the National Center for Biotechnology Information), including PubMed, OMIM, Entrez Gene, and Entrez Taxonomy; this site performs a simultaneous search of the various databases and reports back the number of hits in each -- you can then select an individual database to view detailed search results.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

Style Manuals

University of Minnesota

Related U of M Web Sites

The mission of the CDL is to reduce losses in wheat, oat, and barley to major diseases including leaf rust, stem rust, and Fusarium head blight. This mission is accomplished through research on the biology of the pathogens that cause these diseases and on methods to enhance disease resistance in small grains.

CFANS is a college devoted to solution-driven science; we use critical and innovative thinking plus all the tools of the arts and sciences to make our planet a productive, friendly, and sustainable environment"”to solve everyday problems. We study the health of the land and the health of the living.

The Department of Plant Pathology has a strong research and teaching emphasis in genetically-controlled disease resistance, molecular genetics and genomics, control of diseases caused by biotic pathogens (fungi, viruses, nematodes and bacteria), wood deterioration, and in the physiology and molecular biology of plant-microbe interactions. Research areas include, but are not limited to: genetics of disease resistance at the molecular, cellular, and whole plant levels; plant disease management; microbial ecology; biological control; population genetics; plant virology; and air pollution and global climate change.

The MAES funds research at the University of Minnesota to improve and support Minnesota's families and communities, food, natural resources and agriculture.

Named for U of M rust fighting alumni Elvin C. Stakman and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman E. Borlaug, the Stakman-Borlaug Cereal Rust Center (S-BCRC) will build on the legacy of 100+ years of rust prevention research and education. The S-BCRC is designed to meet 21st century, broad interdisciplinary demands for educating and training new generations of rust fighters...and to advance research and prevention methodologies used in regional and global rust disease prevention.

Taking University research and education to the people of Minnesota ... discovering real-world solutions to real-life problems.

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