Selected Resources for: Plant Biology

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Subject Librarian:

Amy Neeser

nees0017@umn.edu

This subject covers: the study of plants, including their structure, properties, and biochemical processes. Also included are plant classification and the study of plant diseases and of interactions with the environment. (From Britannica Online) Also known as botany.


Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

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.

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

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.

Connect to Google Scholar through the Libraries' web site to gain off-campus access to all the articles and journals in full text in the Libraries. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web. To connect to the full text, click "FindIt@U of M Twin Cities" in your Google Scholar search results. 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.

Indexes over 11,000 international journals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Titles of the print equivalent are: Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Science Citation Index, and Social Sciences Citation Index. Coverage runs from 1975 to the present.


General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, news, magazines, and wire services. It includes sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, and consumer information. Legal publications include law journals, federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, patents and legal reference materials.


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

Catalogs

Libraries 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.)
The Libraries' subscription to this resource allows for 65 users at any one time. If you get a busy signal, please wait a few minutes and try accessing the site again.


General Reference Sources

Dictionaries

Elsevier's Dictionary of Plant Names in Latin, English, French, German, and Italian

Elsevier's Dictionary of Plant Names of North America, including Mexico: in Latin, Spanish (Mexican and European) and English (American)


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

Handbook of Plant Biotechnology

Landmarks of Botanical History

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).


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.


Web Sites

Create plant lists for locations, or map plant locations. Includes all plants in North America, north of Mexico. Web successor to the Synthesis of the North American Flora.


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.

ASPB is a professional society devoted to the advancement of the plant sciences.

The ASPT promotes research and teaching of taxonomy, systematics, and phylogeny of vascular and nonvascular plants.

The mission of the BSA is to promote botany, the field of basic science dealing with the study and inquiry into the form, function, development, diversity, reproduction, evolution, and uses of plants and their interactions within the biosphere. The BSA encompasses all areas of plant biology, including development, physiology, reproductive biology, evolution, phycology, genetics, mycology, ecology, systematics, molecular biology, and paleobotany.

The mission of the CPC is to conserve and restore the imperiled native plants of the United States to secure them from extinction.

The Food and Agriculture Organization was founded in 1945 and is the lead agency for agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural development. An intergovernmental organization, FAO has 180 member countries plus one member organization, the European Community.
NOTE: FAO publications are found in Magrath Library on the St. Paul Campus.

The purpose of the IAPT is to carry out projects of interest and concern to systematic biologists, especially those which require or profit from international cooperation. IAPT is dedicated to organismal biodiversity: the extent, recognition, organisation, evolution, and naming of plants and fungi, both living and fossil.

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 SEB fosters and encourages scientific research, education, and related activities on the past, present, and future uses of plants, and the relationship between plants and people, and to make the results of such research available to the scientific community and the general public through meetings and publications.

The CBHL is the leading professional organization in the field of botanical and horticultural information services. The CBHL believes in the critical importance of collecting, preserving, and making accessible the accumulated knowledge about plants for present and future generations. CBHL provides an organizational framework and an active forum for institutions and individuals concerned with fostering the advancement of botanical and horticultural information and information services.


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.

The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. It includes names, plant symbols, checklists, distributional data, species abstracts, characteristics, images, crop information, automated tools, onward Web links, and references. PLANTS is a collaborative effort of the USDA NRCS National Plant Data Team (NPDT), the USDA NRCS Information Technology Center (ITC), The USDA National Information Technology Center (NITC), and many other partners.


Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).


Style Manuals


University of Minnesota

Related U of M Web Sites

The mission of the CBS is to advance knowledge of the mechanisms of life through breakthrough discoveries and prepare today’s students to create the biology of tomorrow.

Knowledge of basic plant biology enriches society and advances the applied sciences. The mission of the Department of Plant Biology is to increase knowledge of and to provide education in the basic plant sciences by engaging in fundamental research from the molecular to the ecosystem level.

The University of Minnesota Herbarium (a division of the Bell Museum of Natural History) is located in the Biological Sciences tower on the St. Paul campus, corner of Gortner and Buford Avenues, room 875. Hours are from 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday during the regular school year and by appointment only in the summer. The distribution of specimens (approximately 900,000 total) is worldwide, though the majority are from the northern hemisphere.


Library Information

Magrath Library

1984 Buford Avenue
St. Paul Campus
Circulation: (612) 624-2233; Reference: (612) 624-1212
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Plant Pathology Library

395 Borlaug Hall
St. Paul Campus
612-625-9777
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