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  • AGRICOLA (AGRICultural OnLine Access) - AGRICOLA serves as the catalogue and index to the collections of the US National Agricultural Library, as well as a primary public source for world-wide access to agricultural information. The database covers materials in all formats and periods, including printed works from as far back as the 15th century. The records describe publications and resources encompassing all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines, including animal and veterinary sciences, entomology, plant sciences, forestry, farming and farming systems, agricultural economics, extension and education, food and human nutrition, and earth and environmental sciences Although AGRICOLA does not contain the text of the materials it cites, thousands of its records are linked to full-text documents online, with new links added daily.
  • ARCH (Australian Architecture) - Covers architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and construction.
  • EbscoHOST - A platform for a number of major databases, including:
    - Academic Search Complete : A comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 7,900 full-text periodicals, including more than 6,800 peer-reviewed journals. Includes topics such as plant and soil sciences.
    - GreenFILE : Covers human impact on the environment including scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.
  • Ecospecifier -A knowledge base of over 6000 eco-products, materials, technologies and resources. The leading global source of sustainable,  life-cycle assessed green product information including global and national general products and certified and building rated products.
  • Gale, Cengage Learning - Contains over 290,000 articles. Updated regularly. Sub-databases include:
    - Agriculture collection : Comprised of nearly 200 titles, researchers will have access to current and authoritative content that spans the industry -- from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture.
    - Environmental Studies & Policy collection : Providing robust coverage of the field of environmental issues and policy, this collection, which includes nearly 200 journals, provides instant access to the multiple viewpoints of this volatile field of study.
    - Gardening, Landscape & Horticulture : Farmers, landscape architects, and biotechnologists alike will have their information appetites sated with this collection of nearly 50 journals focused specifically on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture.
  • Informit - A platform for over 90 databases, mostly Australian. Informit includes several full text databases and is introducing multimedia content. Sub-databases include:
    - ANR-Index & ANR-Research (Agriculture and Natural Resources) : Covers agriculture and natural resources including sustainable Australian agriculture, food, forestry and fisheries industries and the promotion of conservation and sustainable use of Australia's environment, water and natural resources. 2000 - present.
    - BUILD Australian Building, Construction & Engineering : Building, construction and engineering: research, materials, structural engineering, urban and regional planning, fire technology.
    - Building Code of Australia : Contains technical provisions for the design and construction of buildings and other structures, covering such matters as structure, fire resistance, access and egress, services and equipment, and energy efficiency as well as certain aspects of health and amenity. (There is a limit of 1 user at a time for this database.)
    - EDGE : Indexes and abstracts articles that provide international coverage on management, environmental, packaging and building topics from 1985 onwards.
    - STREAMLINE Australian Natural Resources : Provides information on all aspects of natural resource management, including land resources, vegetation resources and water resources.
  • Oxford Reference Online (Earth & Environmental Sciences) - Collection of online dictionaries and reference sources.
  • SAGE- This database indexes articles on science, geography, agriculture, and the environment. Comprehensively indexes the Landscape Australia journal.
  • Standards Online - Complete collection of Australian standards. Includes a small number of selected ISO standards.
  • VPI&E Catalogue (formerly ELIXIR) - Covers agriculture, mineral resources, conservation and land management/planning and is produced by the Knowledge and Information Branch of the Victorian Department of Primary Industries.
  • Wiley InterScience - A multi-disciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities. It delivers seamless integrated access to over 4 million articles from 1500 journals, almost 10,000 online books, and hundreds of reference works, laboratory protocols and databases.


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  • Adapting agriculture to climate change : preparing Australian agriculture, forestry and fisheries for the future
    - Authors: Stokes, Chris; Howden, Mark (2010)
    A fundamental resource for primary industry professionals, land managers, policy makers, researchers and students involved in preparing Australia’s primary industries for the challenges and opportunities of climate change. More than 30 authors have contributed to this book, which moves beyond describing the causes and consequences of climate change to providing options for people to work towards adaptation action. Climate change implications and adaptation options are given for the key Australian primary industries of horticulture, forestry, grains, rice, sugarcane, cotton, viticulture, broadacre grazing, intensive livestock industries, marine fisheries, and aquaculture and water resources. Case studies demonstrate the options for each industry. Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change summarises updated climate change scenarios for Australia with the latest climate science. It includes chapters on socio-economic and institutional considerations for adapting to climate change, greenhouse gas emissions sources and sinks, as well as risks and priorities for the future.
  • Advanced Soil Mechanics - Author: Das, Braja M. (2008)
    This revised and updated edition presents a step-by-step guide to all aspects of the subject to students, and addresses a wide range of topics in a logical and extensively illustrated approach, including: grain-size distribution the nature of water in clay consistency of cohesive soils weight-volume relationships soil classification systems concepts of elasticity equations of equilibrium. The book is illustrated with mathematical derivations and clear diagrams, problems and examples are provided throughout and each chapter concludes with a list of references for further in-depth review or research. Advanced Soil Mechanics is valuable not only for students of civil engineering, engineering mechanics, and soil mechanics, but also as a reference for professionals working in these fields.
  • Aquaponic gardening : a step-by-step guide to raising vegetables and fish together - Author: Bernstein, Sylvia (2011)
    Aquaponics is a revolutionary system for growing plants by fertilizing them with the waste water from fish in a sustainable closed system. A combination of aquaculture and hydroponics, aquaponic gardening is an amazingly productive way to grow organic vegetables, greens, herbs, and fruits, while providing the added benefits of fresh fish as a safe, healthy source of protein. On a larger scale, it is a key solution to mitigating food insecurity, climate change, groundwater pollution, and the impacts of overfishing on our oceans. Aquaponic Gardening is the definitive do-it-yourself home manual, focused on giving you all the tools you need to create your own aquaponic system and enjoy healthy, safe, fresh, and delicious food all year round.
  • Australian soil and land survey field handbook - By National Committee on Soil and Terrain (2009)
    Specifies methods and terminology for soil and land surveys. It has been widely used throughout Australia, providing one reference set of definitions for the characterisation of landform, vegetation, land surface, soil and substrate.The book advocates that a comprehensive suite of land and soil attributes be recorded in a uniform manner. This approach is more useful than the allocation of land or soil to preconceived types or classes.The third edition includes revised chapters on location and vegetation as well as some new landform elements. These updates have been guided by the National Committee on Soil and Terrain, a steering committee comprising representatives from key federal, state and territory land resource assessment agencies.Essential reading for all professionals involved in land resource surveys, this book will also be of value to students and educators in soil science, geography, ecology, agriculture, forestry, resource management, planning, landscape architecture and engineering.
  • The Australian soil classification - Author: Isbell, Raymond (2002)
    Provides a framework for organising knowledge about Australian soils. It provides a means of communication among scientists and land managers. It is useful for those involved in environmental studies and for teachers of soil science. Since its publication in 1996, the Australian Soil Classification has been widely adopted and formally endorsed as the official nation system. It has proven to be of particular value in land resource survey and research programs. This revised edition includes some significant changes to the Tenosol soil order and these will substantially improve the utility of the system in southern and western parts of the continent.
  • Australian soils and landscapes : an illustrated compendium - Authors: McKenzie, Neil; Jacquier, David; Isbell, Ray; Brown, Katharine (2004)
    This essential reference provides an introduction to the remarkable soils and landscapes of Australia. It reveals their great diversity and explains why an understanding of soil properties and landscape processes should guide our use of the land. Using striking photographs of characteristic landscapes, it begins by describing the basic properties of soils and how Australia's distinctive soils and landscapes have co-evolved. We gain a greater understanding of why particular soils occur at certain locations and how soil variation can influence landscape processes, agricultural productivity and ecosystem function. The book explains the impact of various forms of land use and the changes they can bring about in soil. This is followed by an invaluable compendium that describes and illustrates over 100 of the more important and widespread soils of Australia, along with their associated landscapes. There is a brief account of each soil's environment, usage and qualities as well as details on chemical and physical properties so we can make more informed decisions about appropriate land-use.
  • Biodiversity of Fungi : Inventory and Monitoring Methods - Authors: Mueller, Greg M.; Foster, Mercedes S.; Bills, Gerald F. (2004)
    This book is essential for anyone collecting and/or monitoring any fungi. Fascinating and beautiful, fungi are vital components of nearly all ecosystems and impact human health and our economy in a myriad of ways. Standardised methods for documenting diversity and distribution have been lacking. A wealth of information, especially regarding sampling protocols, compiled by an international team of fungal biologists, make Biodiversity of Fungi an incredible and fundamental resource for the study of organismal biodiversity. Chapters cover everything from what is a fungus, to maintaining and organising a permanent study collection with associated databases; from protocols for sampling slime molds to insect associated fungi; from fungi growing on and in animals and plants to mushrooms and truffles. The chapters are arranged both ecologically and by sampling method rather than by taxonomic group for ease of use.
  • Controlling invertebrate pests in agriculture - Authors: Page, Jessica; Horne, Paul (2012)
    Discusses the principles of pest management and relates this to historical methods as well as current and future directions. It describes current practice, the concept of agricultural ecosystems, the role of pesticides and cultural control options. A separate chapter covers biological control and the different ways in which this may be implemented. The book provides a detailed examination of the application of pesticides, the different types that are available and how they may be integrated into more holistic approaches. A summary of all available pest control measures is given to allow the reader to decide which approach is best to adopt. The authors clearly describe why the most ecologically sound methods are not always adopted, but also explain why they can be adopted with great success.Examples of successful implementation of Integrated Pest Management are highlighted, together with a discussion on what is required in the future to achieve successful control of pests in a sustainable manner.
  • Craig's Soil Mechanics - Author: Craig, R. F. (2004)
    This book assembles all the essential elements of a course, leading from the properties of soils and basic theory through to practical applications such as retaining structures and foundations.
  • Diseases of vegetable crops in Australia - Authors: Persley, Denis; Cooke, Tony; House, Susan (2010)
    Provides a diagnostic guide and a key reference for diseases affecting vegetable crops in Australia. This is an extensively revised and expanded edition of a previous publication that was a standard reference for the Australian vegetable industry. Authors from across Australia provide essential information about the important diseases affecting most vegetable grown across Australia’s diverse horticultural production areas. The book includes an account of the causes of plant diseases and the principles underlying their control. It provides an overview of important diseases common to many Australian vegetable crops. Causal pathogens, symptoms, source of infection, how the diseases are spread and recommended management are described for 36 major and specialty crops. Special reference is made to exotic diseases that are biosecurity threats to Australian vegetable production. The text is supported by quality colour images to help growers diagnose diseases.
  • Flammable Australia : fire regimes, biodiversity and ecosystems in a changing world
    - Authors: Williams, Richard J; Gill, A Malcolm; Bradstock, Ross A (2012)
    In this book, leading researchers in fire ecology and management discuss how fire regimes have shaped and will continue to shape the distribution and abundance of Australia’s highly diverse plants and animals. Central to this is the exploration of the concept of the fire regime – the cumulative pattern of fires and their individual characteristics (fire type, frequency, intensity, season) and how variation in regime components affects landscapes and their constituent biota. Contributions by 44 authors explore a wide range of topics including classical themes such as pre-history and evolution, fire behaviour, fire regimes in key biomes, plant and animal life cycles, remote sensing and modelling of fire regimes, and emerging issues such as climate change and fire regimes, carbon dynamics and opportunities for managing fire regimes for multiple benefits. In the face of significant global change, the conservation of our native species and ecosystems requires an understanding of the processes at play when fires and landscapes interact. This book provides a comprehensive treatment of this complex science, in the context of one of the world’s most flammable continents.
  • Flora of the Otway Plain and Ranges 1 : orchids, irises, lilies, grass-trees, mat-rushes and other petaloid monocotyledons
    - Mayfield, Enid (2010)
    The Otway region of Victoria, with its temperate rainforests, mountain ash forests, heathlands, plains and coastal dunes, has an extraordinarily rich and diverse flora. This first volume covers the orchids, irises, lilies, grass-trees, mat-rushes and other petaloid monocotyledonous plants. Enid Mayfield's exquisite colour illustrations of more than 200 species reveal tiny botanical details which enable the untrained botanist to identify each species with ease. The section on orchids describes and illustrates more than 130 species, highlighting their fascinating adaptations for attracting specific pollinating insects.The clear text and illustrations frequently draw attention to the relationship of plants to the broader environment, the impact of fire, the role of pollinators and the importance of fungi.
  • Forest pattern and ecological process : a synthesis of 25 years of research - Author: Lindenmayer, David (2009)
    This book is a major synthesis of 25 years of intensive research about the Montain Ash forests of Victoria, which support the world's tallest flowering plants and several of Australia's most high profile threatened and/or endangered species. It draws together major insights based on over 170 published scientific papers and books, offering a previously unrecognised set of perspectives of how forests function.The book combines key strands of research on wildfires, biodiversity conservation, logging, conservation management, climate change and basic forest ecology and management. It is divided into seven sections: introduction and background; forest cover and the composition of the forest; the structure of the forest; animal occurrence; disturbance regimes; forest management; and overview and future directions.Illustrated with more than 200 photographs and line drawings, this book is an essential reference for forest researchers, resource managers, conservation and wildlife biologists, ornithologists and mammalogists, policy makers, as well as general readers with interests in wildlife and forests.
  • Good gardens with less water - Author: Handreck, Kevin (2008)
    It is possible to have a great garden anywhere in Australia, even under the toughest water restrictions. This book will show you how. It's a practical guide to gardening with limited water.Contains a wealth of information on such key topics as: how to improve soil structure to maximise the retention of water for use by plants; selecting drought-tolerant native and exotic plants; working out how much water to apply to different types of plants; choosing the best lawn grass for your climate; rainwater harvesting and use; and how to avoid problems when greywater is used in the garden.With specific chapters devoted to watering systems and equipment, mulches, planting techniques and potted plants, this book offers practical solutions for anyone who wishes to garden sustainably.
  • Google SketchUp for site design : a guide to modeling site plans, terrains and architecture - Author: Tal, Daniel (2010)
    Illustrates a holistic approach to SketchUp: how it works and more importantly, what to do with it. Filled with tutorials from front to back, the book focuses on the start and completion of projects that include rich detail and expression. You will learn how to approach modeling site plans, buildings and site elements: from modeling each of these exterior environment elements to piecing them together to generate singular and expressive model. The book culminates with tutorials demonstrating effective and simple ways to include grades and terrain using the Sandbox tools and how best to integrate the entire approach with AutoCAD and SketchUp. Also included are links to supplemental on-line resources such as YouTube tutorials and free tutorial and example models from 3D Warehouse. The book is useful for all SketchUp proficiency levels including beginners, hobbyists, and professionals.
  • Green planet : how plants keep the earth alive - Author: Rice, Stanley (2009)
    Plants are not just a pretty part of the landscape; they keep the entire planet, with all of its human and nonhuman inhabitants, alive. This book documents the many ways in which plants do this by making oxygen, regulating the greenhouse effect, controlling floods, and producing all the food in the world. Plants also create natural habitats for all organisms in the world. With illustrations and clear writing for non-specialists, Green Planet helps general readers realise that if we are to rescue the Earth from environmental disaster, we must protect wild plants. Through current scientific evidence, readers see that plants are vital to the ecological health of our planet and understand what can be done to lead to a better—and greener—future.
  • Green roof systems : a guide to planning, design and construction of landscapes over structure - Authors: Weiler, Susan; Scholz-Barth, Katrin (2011)
    Green Roof Systems goes beyond the fashionable green roof movement and provides solid information on building accessible space, often as important public space, over structure. It offers brief coverage of the entire process, including planning and collaboration, and focuses on the technical aspects of these roof systems, their components, and their applications.
  • Hydroponics : a practical guide for the soilless grower - Author: Jones Jr., J. Benton (2004)
    Revolutionary hydroponic/soilless advances are being achieved by efficiently improving results with the application of new concepts, methods, and equipment. This new edition has been revised to reflect these advances with new chapters that provide essential information on greenhouse design, function, and methods for crop production and management. With approximately 40 per cent additional material in the second edition, the book is a state-of-the-art, comprehensive guide. The second edition begins with the concepts of how plants grow and then describes the requirements necessary to be successful when using various hydroponic and soilless growing methods. The major focus is on the nutritional requirements of plants and how best to prepare and use nutrient solutions for different plants using various growing systems under a wide range of environmental conditions. Supported by a wealth of tables, figures, and nutrient formulas the book provides clear explanations of the advantages and disadvantages of each hydroponic growth system. Appropriate for a wide audience, this edition is a practical guide, overview, and handy reference for advanced hobbyists, commercial growers, and researchers.
  • Japanese garden design - Authors: Keane, Marc; Ohashi, Haruzo (2012)
    The creation of a Japanese garden combines respect for nature with adherence to simple principles of aesthetics and structure. In Japanese Garden Design, landscape architect, Marc Peter Keane, presents the history and development of the classical metaphors that underlie all Japanese gardens. Keane describes the influences of Confucian, Shinto and Buddhist principles that have linked poetry and philosophy to the tangible metaphor of the garden. Detailed explanations of basic design concepts identify and interpret the symbolism of various garden forms and demonstrate these principles in use today.
  • Living architecture : green roofs and walls - Authors: Hopkins, Graeme; Goodwin, Christine (2011)
    Extensively illustrated with photographs and drawings, Living Architecture highlights the most exciting green roof and living wall projects in Australia and New Zealand within an international context. Cities around the world are becoming denser, with greater built forms, resulting in more hard surfaces and less green space, leaving little room for vegetation or habitat. One way of creating more natural environments within cities is to incorporate green roofs and walls in new buildings or to retrofit them in existing structures. This practice has long been established in Europe and elsewhere, and now Australia and New Zealand have begun to embrace it. This book will appeal to a wide range of readers, from students and practitioners of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and ecology, through to members of the community interested in how they can more effectively use the rooftops and walls of their homes or workplaces to increase green open space in the urban environment.
  • Management of invasive weeds - Author: Inderjit (2008)
    Biological invasions are one of the major threats to our native biodiversity. The magnitude of biodiversity losses, land degradation and productivity losses of managed and natural ecosystems due to invasive species is enormous. The ecological and environmental aspects of non-native invasive plants are of great importance to understand ecological principles involved in the management of invasives, design management strategies, find effective management solutions for some of the worst invaders, and frame policies and regulations.The objectives of this book are to discuss: ecological approaches needed to design effective management strategies, recent progress in management methods and tools, success and failure of management efforts for some of the worst invaders, and restoration and conservation of invaded land. In an effort to achieve these objectives, contributing authors have strived to provide up-to-date information on the management of non-native invasives. Chapters included in the book are peer-reviewed by international experts working in the area. Readers will get a unique perspective on ecological aspects of the management of invasives.
  • Managing and designing landscapes for conservation : moving from perspectives to principles - Authors: Lindenmayer, David; Hobbs, Richard J. (2008)
    The distinctive relationships between landscape change, habitat fragmentation, and biodiversity conservation are highlighted in this original and useful guide to the theory and practice of ecological landscape design. Key insights by some of the world's leading experts in landscape ecology and conservation biology make this book an essential volume for anyone involved in landscape management, natural resource planning, or biodiversity conservation.
  • New inspirations in wedding florals - Author: Rye, Terry (2011)
    Make your wedding extraordinary with these inspired floral creations! For years to come, the colours and fragrances of your wedding flowers will be potent reminders of the big event. Now you can make those memories last forever with New Inspirations in Wedding Florals - a completely illustrated guide to making unique, innovative and exciting floral designs.Terry Rye provides step-by-step guidelines and expert advice for creating beautiful floral arrangements that reflect your taste and personality, look professional and are sure to make the big day unforgettable.
  • Nursery management - Author: Mason, John (2004)
    An introduction to setting up and running profitable and efficient nursery businesses covering production, wholesale and retail nurseries at various scales of operation.The book discusses all the practical aspects of nursery management from site selection, production systems, and plant propagation through to materials and equipment. Conventional as well as non-chemical biological control measures for pests, weeds and disease control are included. Management issues for production nurseries, wholesalers and retail nurseries are treated separately for each operation and cover products and services, budgeting, production management, work scheduling and staffing.The chapter on marketing looks at the major changes that have taken place in the nursery industry, particularly the roles that landscapers, garden centres and hardware stores now play in retailing. It covers market research, promotions, distribution and consumer laws and shows the operator how to define the scope of their operation to fit their resources and how to sell their product for maximum return.This accessible guide is essential reading for anyone considering entering the nursery industry, and for those already in the business.
  • Organic vegetable growing - Author: Milne, Robert (2010)
    Growing your own organic vegetables will give you fresher, tastier and more nutritious produce with no food miles, fossil fuel use or packaging; and will provide you with the simple but enormous pleasure and satisfaction of supplying at least part of your own food requirements. This authoritative book provides detailed, practical guidance for those who wish to make the most of their time and whatever area of ground is available to grow vegetables the organic way. It looks forward to productive gardening becoming increasingly relevant and necessary as we are obliged to adapt to global trends, including climate change and diminishing oil resources that will adversely affect food production. The techniques described are applicable to any scale of gardening and are based on the author's thirty years of organic gardening experience, including twenty years of self-sufficiency and eight as a professional gardener growing vegetables and fruit in walled gardens.
  • Open Space : People Space - Authors: Thompson, Catharine Ward; Travlou, Penny (2007)
    Highly visual and containing contributions from leading names in landscape, architecture and design, this volume provides a rare insight into people's engagement with the outdoor environment; looking at the ways in which the design of spaces and places meets people's needs and desires in the 21st century. Embracing issues of social inclusion, recreation, and environmental quality, the editors explore innovative ways to develop an understanding of how the landscape, urban or rural, can contribute to health and quality of life. This book examines the nature and value of people's access to outdoor environments. Led by Edinburgh's OPENspace research centre, the debate focuses on current research to support good design for open space and brings expertise from a range of disciplines to look at: an analysis of policy and planning issues and challenges understanding the nature and experience of exclusion the development of evidence-based inclusive design innovative research approaches which focus on people's access to open space and the implications of that experience. Invaluable to policy makers, researchers, urban designers, landscape architects, planners, managers and students.
  • Out of the scientist's garden : a story of water and food - Author: Stirzaker, Richard (2010)
    This book is written for anyone who wants to understand food and water a little better - for those growing vegetables in a garden, food in a subsistence plot or crops on vast irrigated plains. It is also for anyone who has never grown anything before but has wondered how we will feed a growing population in a world of shrinking resources.Although a practising scientist in the field of water and agriculture, the author has written, in story form accessible to a wide audience, about the drama of how the world feeds itself. The book starts in his own fruit and vegetable garden, exploring the 'how and why' questions about the way things grow, before moving on to stories about soil, rivers, aquifers and irrigation. The book closes with a brief history of agriculture, how the world feeds itself today and how to think through some of the big conundrums of modern food production.
  • Plant biotechnology : Current and future applications of Genetically Modified Crops - Author: Halford, Nigel (2006)
    Provides a comprehensive coverage of the current and future scientific developments in GM crops, with a consideration of the key social and environmental issues.
  • Plant life - Authors: Ennos, Roland; Sheffield, Liz (2009)
    The book examines plants from an evolutionary perspective to show how such a wide range of life forms has evolved and continues to thrive. It is divided into three main sections. The first introductory section sets out the necessary background of evolutionary and taxonomic theory and introduces a classification of living plants based on the ways in which they have evolved. The second part investigates how the challenges of life in the water and on land have led to the evolution of the major taxonomic groups of the plants, and describes the key adaptations that have contributed to the success of each group. The final section shows how the contrasting environments of the world's major climatic zones have led to the evolution of such different floras as those of tropical rainforests, prairies and deserts. This section introduces a fascinating range of plants with ingenious and often bizarre methods of survival and reproduction. The book is enriched by detailed case studies, points for discussion and suggestions for further investigation. In addition, extensive color plates and line drawings bring the world of plants vividly to life. Clear classification charts and a full glossary are also useful. Plant Life is an essential elementary text for undergraduate students and should prove a breath of fresh air for jaded botanists who are accustomed to the traditional taxonomic grind through the plant kingdom.
  • Plant names : a guide to botanical nomenclature - Authors: Spencer, Roger; Cross, Rob; Lumley, Peter (2007)
    A plain English guide to the use of plant names and the conventions for writing them as governed by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature and the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants. It covers the naming of wild plants, plants modified by humans, why plant names change, their pronunciation and hints to help remember them. The final section provides a detailed guide to web sites and published resources useful to people using plant names. The book incorporates the latest information in the most recently published Botanical and Cultivated Plant Codes, both of which are technical scientific publications that are difficult to read for all but the most dedicated botanists and horticulturists. From botanists to publishers, professional horticulturists, nurserymen, hobby gardeners and anyone interested in plant names, this book is an invaluable guide to using the potentially confusing array of scientific, commercial and common names.
  • Plant user handbook : a guide to effective specifying - Authors: Hitchmough, James; Fieldhouse, Ken (2008)
    An invaluable reference source on soft landscape specification for professional landscapers. Each topic is written by a leading specialist in the field and covers technical data with practical guidance. Ecological characteristics, selection, procurement, elements of planting design, site preparation, establishment and maintenance are all considered.
  • Principles of horticulture - Authors: Adams, C R; Early, M P; Bamford, K M (2008)
    An excellent introduction to the study of all aspects of the subject. Written in an accessible and readable style it explains the principles that underlie the cultivation of flowers, fruits, vegetables, turf, ornamental planting in outdoors and in protected culture; commercially as well as in the garden and on the allotment. Readers ranging from first time students at the beginning of their careers in horticulture through to seasoned gardeners with many years of practical experience will find it essential reading.
  • Sports turf and amenity grasses : a manual for use and identification - Authors: Aldous, David E; Chivers, Ian H (2002)
    A comprehensive reference for anyone involved with the selection and maintenance of grasses used in sports and amenity areas in all areas. It provides a means to identify these grasses through keys, descriptions and photographs, and also provides detailed information on sowing, oversowing, stolonising and mowing heights. The performance of each grass is assessed and detailed comments made on positive and negative aspects of its use. A grass's tolerance to high temperature, frost, drought, shade, wet soil, salinity, low soil fertility, wear and close mowing is given in a table with each aspect rated. Further comments are made on how well it combines with particular grasses and on issues such as seedling vigour and sowing times.
  • Start your own lawncare and landscaping business - by Entrepreneur Press (2011)
    Successful landscapers and lawn care professionals reveal their secrets to success in this $20 billion industry. With all the homes, business parks, apartment complexes, shopping malls and hospitals that need landscaping, you can tailor your services and create your dream job. Your business can range from the simple—mowing and edging lawns, raking leaves and clipping hedges—to applying chemicals and fertilizer, trimming and shaping trees, designing landscapes and more.
  • Sustainable gardens - Authors: Cross, Rob; Spencer, Roger (2009)
    Shows how horticulture can contribute towards a more sustainable future. Written for home gardeners, professional horticulturists, landscapers, and all those passionate about cultivated landscapes, this book examines the steps we can take towards harmonising gardening activity with the cycles of nature. Two outstanding botanists from the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne, Roger and Rob have produced a genuine gardening bible for our times. They show how every gardener – both professional and amateur – can contribute positively to environmental stewardship. In an increasingly urbanised world, parks and gardens are our main point of contact with nature. If we can maximise the environmental benefits of our gardens, public spaces and landscapes, we will make a huge contribution to sustainable living. This book is the first to show us how.
  • Sustainability in Agriculture - Edited by: Hester, R.E.; Harrison, R.M. (2005)
    The timeliness of this book, discussing as it does many hotly debated issues, make it essential reading for all those having an interest in the future of agriculture worldwide, but especially farmers and students of farming, environmental scientists, government agencies and policy makers.
  • Sustainability landscape management : design, construction and maintenance
    - Authors: VanDerZanden, Ann Marie; Cook, Thomas W. (2010)
    A must-have guide for anyone working with landscapes, Sustainable Landscape Management eases the transition of the landscape industry into a new era of green consciousness. Filled with examples that illustrate best practices, the book provides a practical framework for the development of sustainable management strategies from design to execution and, eventually, to maintenance in an effort to construct landscapes that function more efficiently and minimise the impact on the environment.
  • Turfgrass and landscape irrigation water quality : assessment and management - Author: Duncan, Ronny R. (2008)
    With the increased use of alternative irrigation water sources on turfgrass and landscape sites, their management is becoming more complex and whole ecosystems-oriented. Yet few turfgrass managers have received formal training in the intricacies of irrigation water. This book provides a comprehensive, science-based review of irrigation water quality. It examines field problems in a logical manner, provides clear scientific explanations, and offers detailed practical information for resolving each specific problem in an environmentally sustainable manner.
  • Understanding soils in urban environments - Authors: Hazelton, Pam; Murphy, Brian (2011)
    Soil properties such as water retention, salinity and acidity are not just issues for agriculture and forestry. They are equally as significant in creating environmental and structural problems for buildings and other engineering works. As an increasing proportion of the world's population is living in cities, and building and related infrastructure development continues, these problems assume ever-greater importance. In addition, existing works contribute to urban soil erosion and pollution as well as increased levels of urban runoff. Thus book explains how urban soils develop, change and erode. It describes their physical and chemical properties and focuses on specific soil problems, such as acid sulfate soils, that can cause environmental concern and also affect engineering works. It also addresses contemporary issues such as green roofs, urban green space and the man-made urban soils that plants may need to thrive in. It provides a concise introduction to all aspects of soils in urban environments and will be extremely useful to students in a wide range of disciplines, from soil science and urban forestry and horticulture, to planning, engineering, construction and land remediation, as well as to engineers, builders, landscape architects, ecologists, planners and developers.
  • Unusual life of Edna Walling - Author: Hardy, Sara (2005)
    Edna Walling designed over 300 gardens between 1920 and 1960 when most women were homemakers. Today her gardens are still considered to add value to real estate. Her achievements and the gardens themselves are well documented, yet despite the fact she was a fabulous self-publicist and a very unusual woman in her time, Edna's private life has remained a mystery.
  • Water and sustainable agriculture - Authors: García-Tejero. et. al. (2011)
    Irrigated agriculture, a vital component of general agriculture, supplies fruits, vegetables, and cereals consumed by humans and grains fed to animals. Consequently, agriculture is the largest user of fresh water globally, and irrigation practices in many parts of the world are biologically, economically, and socially unsustainable. Water management should balance the need for agricultural water and the need for a sustainable environment. Water-use efficiency is the prime challenge in worldwide farming practices where problems of water shortages are widespread. Currently, agriculture is undergoing significant changes in innovative irrigation, fertilizer technology, and agronomic expertise. These elements constitute a vital platform for sustainable agricultural success and for preventing environmental damage. This review presents several processes linked to environmental irrigation, balancing environmental protection with improved agricultural production.
  • Wetland weeds : causes, cures and compromises - Author: Romanowski, Nick (2011)
    This comprehensive guide to wetland weeds covers both native and introduced species, ranging from minor or localised environmental problems to those that should not be tolerated in any situation. The author takes a pragmatic approach to weed control, recognising that some weeds may not be possible to eradicate, and emphasising the need to assess the extent and future potential of any infestation before taking action.Weed control should be planned in the context of the overall management goals for any type of wetland, the types of habitat weeds provide or overrun, and whether they can be replaced successfully with more appropriate plants. A range of strategies for controlling wetland weeds are considered, from containment actions to prevent the development of a soil seed bank to physical removal, and biological approaches from biocontrol to shading, overplanting and use of turbidity. The widespread use of chemical controls is also discussed, with the warning that these are often only a short-term cure and can cause more harm to aquatic ecosystems than the weeds they are holding at bay.More than 130 species of established weeds are included with information on their origins, nutrient responses, environmental effects, habitat values, prospects for containment or eradication, and even culinary uses. Other sections look at native plants as weeds, including a number of species of uncertain origins, and potential weeds still being legally sold through the aquarium and nursery trades.


  • Future living
    In this one-hour documentary, Dr Rob Bell from CSIRO and “Scope”, Network Ten’s science program, investigates several businesses that have implemented changes for a more sustainable existence. Rob’s journey uncovers impressive buildings, designed to work in harmony with nature, taking advantage of the sun and air movement. He looks at a community where residents live in modern luxury, with very little mains power and no need for town water. The way we grow and distribute food will be an important future issue, and the way we use natural resources – including water – will be under scrutiny. Dr. Rob even visits a brewery to see how making beer can become green.
  • Lost gardens
    This 8-part series unearths some of Britain's best garden secrets. Monty Don introduces a team of gardening experts, historians, landscape gardeners and designers who literally dig up and reconstruct the gardens and return them to their former glory.
  • Monty Don's Italian gardens
    World-famous gardener Monty Don presents this enchanting four-part series that celebrates Italy's most beautiful gardens. During this series, Monty conducts his very personal 'grand tour' exploring sublime, horticultural hideaways of the romantic South to unravelling the riddles behind the austere formality and theatre of the ostentatious papal gardens of Rome. In this beautiful, personal journey, Monty learns about the history, the culture, the politics and the climate that have shaped Italy's spectacular gardens; ranking them amongst the great treasures of the world.

Government websites

Specialist topics


Online Journals
  • Arbor Age (USA)
    This journal targets arborists in the commercial, municipal and utility sectors. Content is provided by a wide range of green industry experts, including professional arborists, academicians, instructors, consultants, government bodies and research organisations. This information includes advice from industry professionals, coverage of specific projects, details on the latest products and innovations, and news from around the world. (Coverage: 1999 - Present)
  • Arboriculture & Urban Forestry Online
    A bi-monthly refereed journal devoted to the dissemination of knowledge in the science and art of planting and caring for trees in the urban environment. It is published by the International Society of Arboriculture, whose mission is to foster a greater appreciation for trees and to promote the research, technology, and practice of professional arboriculture. (Coverage: 1975 - Present)
  • Plant Protection News
    A free periodical email newsletter published by the Office of the Chief Plant Protection Officer. The newsletter features news items on Australia's national emergency response and preparedness activities (such as for diagnostics, surveillance and community biosecurity awareness) for economically significant plant pests, diseases and weeds. It also features news items on international plant protection standard setting and regional capacity building. The newsletter is available online or by email.
  • AgEcon Search (Research in Agricultural & Applied Economics)
    AgEcon Search: Research in Agricultural and Applied Economics 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. (Coverage: 1995 - Present)
Useful Arboriculture Sites
  • The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
    Through research, technology, and education, ISA promotes the professional practice of arboriculture and fosters a greater worldwide awareness of the benefits of trees.
  • Arboriculture Australia
    The peak national organisation promoting and representing tree workers, arborists, professional tree management and urban forestry throughout Australia, Hong Kong and the greater Asia Pacific region.
  • Treeworld Info
    Share, learn and interact with knowledgeable and experienced arborists from around the world. This forum is free to join.
  • Utility Arborist Association (UAA)
    The UAA was established in 1974 with the primary function of providing an association where utility arborists, employed by electric utilities, could network and share information.


Online Journals
  • Agricultural and Forest Entomology (UK)
    This journal includes information and entomological research relevant to the control of insect and other arthropod pests. Articles are based on the biology, population dynamics, impact and management of pests of the full range of forest, agricultural and horticultural crops. All cropping systems within these sectors are covered, including forest plantations, semi-natural forest stands, seed orchards, fruit orchards, agroforestry systems, grassland, arable and horticultural field and protected crops. Insect biology and population dynamics (factors which lead to outbreaks of pests or to forecasting these outbreaks), the management of pests (including the development and use of techniques, such as plant resistance, pheromones, biological control, the economics of pest control and the use of silvicultural and crop management techniques) plus the techniques and strategies of pest management are also covered in this journal. (Coverage: 1999 - Present (with a 12-month delay due to publisher restrictions))
  • Agricultural and Forest Meteorology
    An international journal on the inter-relationship between meteorology, agriculture, forestry, and natural ecosystems. Emphasis is on basic and applied scientific research relevant to practical problems in the field of plant and soil sciences, ecology and biogeochemistry as affected by weather as well as climate variability and change. Typical topics include canopy micrometeorology (e.g. canopy radiation transfer, turbulence near the ground, evapotranspiration, energy balance, fluxes of trace gases), micrometeorological instrumentation (e.g., sensors for trace gases, flux measurement instruments, radiation measurement techniques), aerobiology (e.g. the dispersion of pollen, spores, insects and pesticides), biometeorology (e.g. the effect of weather and climate on plant distribution, crop yield, water-use efficiency, and plant phenology), forest-fire/weather interactions, and feedbacks from vegetation to weather and the climate system. (Coverage: 1995 - Present)
  • Agricultural Research (USA)
    Research articles on food, nutrition and aspects of farming and pest control published by the Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture. (Coverage: 1993 - Present)
  • Agricultural Science Digest (India)
    Features peer-reviewed coverage of research findings on plant and soil science. (Coverage: 2009 - Present)
  • Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment (Netherlands)
    This journal publishes scientific articles dealing with the interface between agroecosystems and the natural environment, specifically how agriculture influences the environment and how changes in that environment impact agroecosystems. The focus is on the following areas: Biological and physical characteristics of agroecosystems including land, air, and water quality; Ecology, diversity and sustainability of agricultural systems; Relationships between agroecosystems and the natural environment; Agroecosystem and global environmental changes including climate change and air pollution; Ecological consequences of intensification, soil degradation, waste application, irrigation, and mitigation options; Environmental implications of agricultural land use and land use change. (Coverage: 1995 - Present)
  • Agri Marketing (USA)
    A monthly trade magazine for corporate agribusiness executives and their communications agencies, the farm media, and the trade associations that sell products and services to the agricultural industry.(Coverage: 2000 - Present)
  • American Journal of Agricultural Economics
    A scholarly journal covering the economics of agriculture, natural resources, and the environment, as well as rural and community development. Articles are usually written by American academics. Also publishes invited papers, conference proceedings, book reviews, comments and replies, and biographies of recent fellows. The May issue carries the proceedings from the annual meeting of the American Agricultural Association (AAA). (Coverage: 1968 - Present (with a 12-month delay due to publisher restrictions))
  • Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
    This journal provides a forum for innovative and scholarly work in agricultural and resource economics, particularly in the following areas: issues related to land; water; fisheries; forestry; minerals and energy; competition and labour market issues relevant to the agricultural and resources sectors; rural taxation; farm and food policy and international trade. (Coverage: 1998 - Present (with a 12-month delay due to publisher restrictions))
  • Journal of Agricultural Science
    Publishes papers concerned with the advance of agriculture and the use of land resources throughout the world. It publishes original scientific work related to strategic and applied studies in all aspects of agricultural science, including: agronomy; crop physiology, crop protection, breeding, genetics and pathology; soil science; animal nutrition, physiology and genetics; and the mathematical and statistical methods used in experimentation and data analysis. It also publishes book reviews and invited short reviews of scientific topics of current agricultural relevance. (Coverage: 2010 - Present)
Useful Agriculture Sites
  • ABC Rural - In 1999, the ABC's Rural Department opened its online gateway, and continues to evolve and adapt to new means of communicating with its audience in rural, regional and urban Australia.
  • Forestry Commission of Tasmania - This site offers free annual reports and publications on various aspects of forestry: biodiversity, water quality in native forests, pests and diseases, plantations, etc.
  • National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (USA) - free publications available in the areas or horticulture, greenhouses, sustainable farming etc.
  • Bureau of Meteorology, Australia (BOM) - The BOM is Australia's national weather, climate and water agency. Its expertise and services assist Australians in dealing with the harsh realities of their natural environment, including drought, floods, fires, storms, tsunami and tropical cyclones. Through regular forecasts, warnings, monitoring and advice spanning the Australian region and Antarctic territory, the BOM provides one of the most fundamental and widely used services of government.
  • CSIRO - CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is Australia's national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world.
  • farmonline - network of agricultural news from around Australia
  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations - FAO leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, it acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information. It helps developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. Since its founding in 1945, FAO has focused special attention on developing rural areas, home to 70 percent of the world's poor and hungry people.
  • National Agricultural Library (USA) - The National Agricultural Library is one of four national libraries of the United States. It houses one of the world's largest and most accessible agricultural information collections and serves as the nexus for a national network of state land-grant and US Department of Agriculture field libraries. its vision is to advance access to global information for agriculture.
  • National Farmers' Federation (NFF) - The NFF is the peak national body representing farmers and, more broadly, agriculture across Australia. It is one of Australia's foremost and respected lobbying and advocacy organisations. The NFF is dedicated to proactively generating greater understanding and better-informed awareness of farming's modern role, contribution and value to the entire community.
  • Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) - RIRDC is a statutory authority established by the Primary Industries and Energy Research and Development Act 1989 (PIERD Act). The Corporation was established by the Australian Government to work with industry to invest in research and development for a more profitable, sustainable and dynamic rural sector. RIRDC's vision is to increase knowledge that fosters sustainable, productive and profitable new and existing rural industries and furthers understanding of national rural issues through research and development in government-industry partnership.
  • Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) - The VFF is the largest state farmer organisation in Australia, representing over 10,000 members who live and work on more than 15,000 farm businesses situated across Victoria. The VFF is an active, powerful lobby group owned and governed by farmers, for farmers. With a strong record of successful political advocacy and leadership, the VFF has generated substantial benefits for the agriculture sector since its formation in 1979.
  • WWW Virtual Library - Agriculture
  • Fertilizer Industry Federation of Australia (FIFA) - FIFA is the industry association representing manufacturers, importers and distributors of fertilizer in Australia, and associated service industries. FIFA members supply over 95% of the fertilizers used in Australia.
  • International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) - IFA is a not-for-profit organization representing the global fertilizer industry. Its members serve farmers everywhere as they meet the world's growing food, feed, fibre and bioenergy needs in a sustainable manner.
  • International Fertilizer Society (IFS) - The IFS was founded in 1947 for individuals who have a professional interest in any aspect of fertiliser production, marketing and use. Membership is personal and is open to all; it currently covers almost 50 countries world-wide.


Online Journals
  • Floriculture Crops (USA) - Presents data on floriculture crops including cut flowers, potted flowering plants, foliage plants, potted herbaceous perennials, annual bedding/garden plants, cut cultivated greens, propagative floriculture material and special Hawaiian crops (Coverage: 1978 - Present)
Useful Floriculture Sites
  • American Orchid Society (AOS) - Throughout its 85-year history the AOS, in keeping with its vision and mission, has strived to bring its members timely and state-of-the-art orchid information, support basic and applied research in orchids, and monitor and support conservation effort in North America, as well as throughout the World.
  • Ausflora Pacific - Ausflora Pacific's 45 hectare cut flower plantation and nursery is situated in the picturesque hills of the Dandenong Ranges, in Melbourne's outer east. It offers a large range of flowers and plants from the Proteaceae family including South African Protea, Leucadendron & Leucospermum as well as Australian Natives such as Waratah and Boronia.
  • Floraculture International - A digital magazine is accessible via this page also.
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  • FlowersVictoria - The peak body for Victorian flower growers. Flowers Victoria accounts for over 40% of the national production of cut flowers in Australia. Established in 1975 as a division of the Victorian Farmers Federation, Flowers Victoria exists to strengthen the competitive advantage of the cut flower industry through research and development, marketing support and the promotion of sustainable growing practises.
  • Flowerweb - includes the Flowerbase picture database.
  • Ohio Floriculture (US Ohio State Uni)
  • Tesselaar : Gardening at its best - includes growing guides and information on plant care.


Online Journals
  • Flower & Garden - Ideas and methods for both beginning and advanced amateur home gardeners. (Coverage: 1989 - 2002)
Professional Associations
  • Australian Floral Art Association - The Australian Floral Art Association is a non-profit organisation which aims to encourage and support floral art throughout the nation.
  • Victorian Floral Art Judges Association Inc. - The Association's purpose is: to promote uniform standards for Judging Floral Art within the State of Victoria using Accredited Floral Art Judges as approved by the Victorian Floral Art Judges Association Incorporated; to teach students to become Judges; to engage in such activities as are desirable to assist in raising the general standard of Floral Art; to hold Seminars which are conducive to any one or more of the above objects; to be a completely independent body with the right to affiliate with organisations with similar and/or compatible interests.
  • West Australian Floral Art Society - The Society meets to cultivate an appreciation of flowers and floral design and further develop the skills of creative floral design among its members by friendly competition at its meetings, with monthly demonstrations and periodic workshops.
Useful Floristry Sites
  • Australian Plants Online - Commercial growing of cut flowers - an article by Lotte von Richter.
  • BUBL LINK: Flowering Plants - A catalogue of selected Internet resources on flowering plants.
  • Commercial flower growing in NSW - A 2003 industry snapshot. Covers: The industry, its value and location; Markets; Labour and technical expertise; Flower types, Demand for flowers; Specialist support; How to get started; Additional information; Recommended further reading.
  • Flora of NSW - The information and data presented here is derived from the printed Flora of New South Wales series, published by the UNSW Press, and is augmented with data from electronic sources maintained by the National Herbarium of New South Wales.
  • Florabank - Florabank recognises and shares the best available knowledge from research and practice in native species seed management. It supports a professional and clever seed industry, encouraging quality and choice for buyers of native Australian seed. This site includes a newsletter, guidelines on seed collection for revegetation, a listing of native seed suppliers and e-mail discussion groups.
  • Growing Australian Native Flowers Commercially - Published by the NSW Department of Agriculture: "The worldwide floriculture industry demands a diverse range of cut flower and foliage products, with the unusual and the exotic always attracting the attention of this fashion-driven industry. On the world market, Australia’s export potential lies in its unique native flora, a rich resource of valuable new flower products waiting to be fully developed and marketed to the world. Domestic consumers are also increasingly seeking out native flowers."
  • Interflora - Interflora Australia is the leading online florist for the delivery of flowers. In their 100 year history, they’ve managed to successfully build one of the world’s largest flowers and gift relay companies. Interflora now serves nearly 200 countries and has some 70,000 member florists throughout the world, of which nearly 1,300 florists are in Australia. Interflora's integrity is supported by the "Interflora Guarantee" which guarantees "the freshness, flower quality and value of each Interflora relay order".
  • Market Fresh: Flowers - A comprehensive Australian guide to fresh flowers, foliage and potted colour. It includes an A - Z index of flowers, Australian natives, purchasing tips and flower care at home. You can search for your nearest local florist by postcode, suburb or specialty. Also includes a consumer guide to purchasing flowers for special occasions such as weddings, Valentine's Day and the Spring Racing Carnival.There are flower tips including language of flowers, State Flower Emblems and even information on edible and non-edible flowers.
  • Wildflowers Australia (WFA) - WFA was formed in March 2007 to provide information to the public on wild flower production in Australia. Their main aim is to help growers and nurseries by supplying information on services and to create a forum for meetings, conferences and discussion about the problems and issues facing the industry.


Online Journals
  • Australian House & Garden - Magazine for the Australian homeowner. Includes articles on decorating, gardening, new products, renovation, and entertaining. (Coverage: 2002 - Present)
  • Global garden magazine - Australia's national online gardening magazine. It is a prime gardening resource, serving Australia and areas throughout the world enjoying a similar climate. The site offers a new edition each month with authoritative, interesting content in an easy-to-follow format. Subscription is free.
  • Horticulture (USA) - Articles on gardening techniques, soil & fertilizers, tools & equipment, greenhouses, seeds, nursery stock and pest & plant disease control. (Coverage: 1990 - Present)
  • Horticulture Solutions Series (USA) - Published by the University of Illinois, this online journal covers a variety of topics such as: Commercial Horticulture, Composting, Flowers & Ornamentals, Lawn Care, Pests & Diseases, Small Fruits, Trees & Shrubs and Vegetable Gardening. The journal's staff work closely with faculty in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Consumer & Environmental Sciences (ACES).
  • Horticulture Week (UK) - The UK’s leading business weekly for the professional horticulture community provides comprehensive news, analysis, opinion, technical reports, product and market data across all areas of the industry.  Published since 1840, Horticulture Week includes coverage targeted specifically at professionals working in production horticulture (both ornamentals and edibles), historic and botanic gardens, parks, garden retail, contracting, landscape design, arboriculture and turf.  (Coverage: 2008 - Present)
  • Journal of Applied Horticulture (JAH) - JAH is an official publication of the Society for the Advancement of Horticulture, founded in 1999. JAH is a biannual publication, publishes papers of original work (or results), and rapid communications and reviews on all aspects of Horticultural Science which can contribute to fundamental and applied research on horticultural plants and their related products. (Coverage: 1999 - Present)
  • Open Horticulture Journal (USA) - An Open Access online journal, which publishes original research articles, short articles and review articles in all areas of horticulture. Peer-reviewed, it aims to provide the most complete and reliable source of information on current developments and research in horticulture. (Coverage: 2008 - Present)
  • Scientia Horticulturae - an international journal publishing research related to horticultural crops. Articles in the journal deal with open or protected production of vegetables, fruits, edible fungi and ornamentals under temperate, subtropical and tropical conditions. (Coverage: 1973 - Present)
Botanic Gardens
  • American Public Gardens Association (APGA) - The APGA is committed to increasing the knowledge of public garden professionals throughout North America via information sharing, professional development, networking, public awareness, and research so they have the tools to effectively serve visitors and members. APGA strives to advance public gardens as a force for positive change in their communities through national leadership, advocacy and innovation. The site includes links to plant-related online databases.
  • Australian National Botanic Gardens (includes the Directory of Australian Botanic Gardens and Arboreta) - Inspiring, informing and connecting people with the Australian flora. The Australian National Botanic Gardens maintains a scientific collection of native plants from all parts of Australia. The plants are displayed for the enjoyment and education of visitors and are used for research into plant classification and biology. A herbarium of preserved plant specimens is closely associated with the living collection. The Gardens also cultivates plants threatened in the wild. This helps protect them against extinction and provides information which might assist re-introduction to their natural habitat.
  • Alternative Nature Online Herbal (US) - This web site is intended to be a starting place to learn about herbs, especially those found in the wild that are used for herbal medicine. Includes image collection.
  • HerbMed - An interactive, electronic herbal database which provides hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. Individual plant pages include links to images.
  • Saskatchewan Herb & Spice Association (SHSA) - An industry driven association directed by a board of volunteer directors that are themselves in the industry. SHSA covers herbs, spices, wildcrafted products and natural health products from the field to the shelf. Their members grow, collect, research, process, develop and buy/sell/promote these products from a wholesale to retail level. This site contains Botannical Research and Plant Identification resources.
Useful Horticulture Sites
  • American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) - ASHS is dedicated to research and education in horticulture and an agent for active promotion of horticultural science.
  • Australian Institute of Horticulture Inc. (AIH) - AIH has become the pre-eminent national body that represents the interests of and professional development of horticulturists in Australia. AIH member practitioners represent the widest possible range of horticulture interests across every industry group. These include production, environmental, recreational, ornamental, lifestyle and design, training and higher education horticulture pursuits and professions.
  • Australian Natural Resources Atlas - includes Agriculture, Irrigation, Soils, Water. Agriculture section includes information on distribution and state of the Australian horticultural industry.(A worthwhile source of information, but this web site is no longer being maintained.)
  • Australian Society of Horticultural Science (AUSHS) - The AUSHS's mission is to professionally promote and enhance Australian's science and the horticultural industry.
  • Canberra Organic Growers Society (COGS) - COGS is a non-profit organisation started in 1977 with the aim of providing a forum for organic growers to exchange information and encourage the adoption organic growing methods. The organic movement endeavours to provide an alternative to modern industrial agriculture’s dependence on synthetic fertilisers, fungicides, herbicides and genetic modification. Organic growers use natural means for improving and preserving our soils to produce nutritious, less contaminated food. The soil, enriched with compost, manure, green manure and mulches, and using companion planting, produces healthy plants which resist pest attacks and disease.
  • Fleming's Student Design Competition - Fleming's Student Design Competition is a key component of the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show and offers students of horticulture and design a wonderful opportunity to show case their design talents, explore new ideas, push design boundaries and gain valuable experience within the industry.
  • Garden Gate - (USA) offers gardeners and nature lovers a carefully-selected and well-organised collection of links to informative and interesting horticulture sites around the world.
  • GardenGuides - (USA) A popular internet resource containing a collection of top-quality gardening information, including gardening how-to's by top garden writers, plant fact sheets and guide sheets, seasonal tips and garden techniques, garden recipes, and much more.
  • GardenWeb Australia - GardenWeb hosts forums, garden exchanges, articles, contests, a plant database, the Web's largest garden-related glossary and online catalogues.
  • Horticulture Australia - Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) is a not-for-profit, industry-owned company. It works in partnership with Australia’s horticulture industries to invest in research, development and marketing programs that provide benefit to industry and the wider community. The site includes industry profiles (brief), industry reports, proceedings and newsletters.
  • HortNet (NZ) - An information centre for New Zealand's plant-based industries. Includes HortFacts, which includes fact sheets and insect life-cycle information.
  • International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) - The aim of the ISHS is " promote and encourage research and education in all branches of horticultural science and to facilitate cooperation and knowledge transfer on a global scale through its symposia and congresses, publications and scientific structure." Membership is open to all interested researchers, educators, students and horticultural industry professionals.
  • National Gardening Association (NGA) - This American web site offers an array of gardening content for consumers and educators, ranging from general information and publications to lessons and grants.
  • Permaculture Australia - Australia's peak permaculture organisation, dedicated to bring together the best in Australian permaculture practice, practitioners and students, excellent educational resources for teachers and students, advocating and promoting permaculture projects and events nationally and internationally.

Irrigation, Drainage and Hydroponics

Online Journals
  • Irrigation and drainage - The official journal of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID). The objectives of the ICID are to advance the science and art of irrigation, drainage and flood management. Published five times a year, this Journal is a prestigious peer-reviewed publication and enables ICID to accomplish its objectives of publishing original papers on scientific, engineering, environmental and socio-economic issues associated with irrigation, drainage and flood management in a clear, concise and uniform style that is easily understood by an international audience. ICID has for half a century, been the main forum for the global dissemination of experience and new ideas in the quest for the sustainable use and protection of water and land to meet the World's increasing demand for food and fibre. (Coverage: 2001 - Present)
  • Irrigation and drainage systems - Offers a rapid publication outlet for research and review articles and short communications. Coverage includes topics such as performance assessment of irrigation and drainage systems; irrigation management and system design; designing drainage systems for effective control of waterlogging and salinity; maintenance, including research on sedimentation and weed control; techniques for avoiding water-related diseases like malaria, schistosomiasis, and more. Additional topics include history of the profession with appropriate lessons; planning and construction of canals and related structures; adoption of modern technologies; interactions between irrigation/drainage and the environment. (Coverage: 1986 - Present)
  • Irrigation Australia - The quarterly journal of Irrigation Australia Limited and is the premier irrigation publication in Australia. It is essential reading for anyone involved in the irrigation industry. It focuses on practical application of technology and policy, with case studies being a preferred approach to conveying messages, where applicable. (Coverage: 2008 - Present)
  • Irrigation science - Presents original articles and short communications reporting the results of irrigation-related research. Coverage includes relevant contributions from the plant, soil and atmospheric sciences and analysis of field experimentation, as well as irrigation water management modelling. Special emphasis is devoted to multi-disciplinary studies dealing with the challenges of maintaining the long-term productivity of irrigated lands and increasing the efficiency of agricultural water use. Aspects of particular interest include physiology of plant growth and yield response to water status; physical and chemical aspects of water status and movement in the plant-soil-atmosphere system; salinity and alkalinity control by soil and water management; agricultural drainage, measurement and modification of crop and control of water in plant, soil and atmosphere; water requirements in irrigation practice; irrigation scheduling and ecological aspects of irrigated agriculture. (Coverage: 1997 - Present)
  • Journal of irrigation and drainage engineering - This journal covers all phases of irrigation, drainage, engineering hydrology, and related water management subjects, such as watershed management, weather modification, water quality, groundwater, and surface water. The journal emphasizes new developments and research results of, as well as case studies and practical applications of engineering. (Coverage: 1983 - Present)
  • Landscape & Irrigation - Reports on current news and issues of special interest to those working in the landscaping industry. Covers products and techniques for residential and commercial landscaping, including irrigation, construction, and maintenance. For business and trade interests. (Coverage: 1999 - Present)
  • Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses (Aust.) - Click for selected free articles from back issues. A bi-monthly magazine dedicated to: commercial hydroponic and greenhouse growers; horticulturists; industry consultants and equipment suppliers; researchers, educators and students; and allied trades. This award-winning magazine reports on the latest industry news, new products, research and development, as well as profiling soil-less culture and greenhouse enterprises and people from around the world.
  • Australian Hydroponics - An online information portal for gardeners and scientists who have an invested interest in hydroponic systems. A wide variety of information is hosted on this web site, including “How To” guides and tutorials on building your own hydroponic system, as well as ideas on gardening and growing hydroponics.
  • Hydroponic Farmers Federation (HFF) (Aust) - The industry grower organisation for commercial hydroponics. Membership includes, growers, industry representatives and interested parties. The primary aims of the HFF is to provide representation and advocacy for and on behalf of its members to all levels of government and other relevant organisations on issues relevant to the hydroponic industry; to promote hydroponic produce and continue to develop its market share; enhance grower performance through education, training and networking; provide members with the opportunity to share the benefits of group purchasing and marketing; and to encourage and facilitate research relevant to the hydroponic industry.
  • Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) - PCA is the peak industry body representing commercial hydroponic and greenhouse growers Australia wide. PCA members also include equipment and installation suppliers, specialist consultants and advisors, researchers and educators.
Useful Irrigation and Drainage Sites
  • Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT) - CIT is an independent testing laboratory, applied research facility, and educational resource center based at California State University, Fresno. It is dedicated to advancing water management practices and irrigation technology.
  • European Irrigation Association (EIA) - The mission of the EIA, a non-profit European organisation, is to improve the products, practices and services used to manage water resources and to contribute to the global improvement of the environment. The EIA informs and collaborates with European Agriculture, Turf and Golf industries to promote the conservation, distribution and recovery of water resources for economical needs.
  • IRRIGATION-L - An email discussion list in the field of irrigation theory and practice. IRRIGATION-L was established in 1994 and has been active ever since. While it is an email based discussion list, it also has its own web site with threaded online archives of all postings since the establishment of the list in 1994 (more than 5,500). All the information and content of all postings is fully searchable and freely accessible online. New postings are automatically added to the site. All the information needed for free subscription is also found on this site.
  • Irrigation Association (IA) - The IA is America's leading membership organisation for irrigation equipment and system manufacturers, dealers, distributors, designers, consultants, contractors and end users. IA is dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation technologies, products and services.
  • Irrigation Australia - This site contains a world of information about the irrigation industry and irrigation practices in Australia for urban and rural irrigators, local government, statutory bodies and tertiary institutions, water utilities and irrigation companies, irrigation consultants and designers, irrigation contractors and installers, manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers of irrigation equipment and services.
  • National Program for Sustainable Irrigation - The National Program for Sustainable Irrigation Knowledge Base contains over 1000 references to contemporary irrigation research that is of relevance to the Australian Irrigation Industry. Summarised reports and, where possible, links to each of them, have been supplied. Each report is discussed under one or more of the following headings: Relevance to Irrigation; Guidelines & Toolkits – computer models, tools and any explicit guidelines; Efficiency and profit – on–farm practice; Environment – off-farm research and practices; and Public policy – macro-economic issues and communication approaches.
  • UK Irrigation Association (UKIA) - The UKIA provides up-to-date information on irrigation to its members and has been a voice supporting irrigation since its inauguration in the mid 1970s. The UKIA represents all aspects of irrigation in the UK including agriculture, horticulture, golf, amenity, sports surfaces and landscaping. Members include farmers, growers, consultants, contractors, Environment Agency staff, suppliers, researchers, college and university staff. The UKIA is not a not a trade association; it runs for the benefit of its individual members and promotes all aspects of irrigation by providing information and helping to raise standards of knowledge and competence in irrigation design, installation and management.
  • WWW Virtual Library of Irrigation & Hydrology - Provides links and information on irrigation and hydrology held on other web sites. The information is indexed under a range of useful headings. The site also contains information on conferences, on-line journals, independent articles and irrigation standards and statistics.

Landscape Design and Construction

Online Journals
  • Grounds maintenance - Trade publication that provides technical and managerial guidance for professional grounds care managers and golf course superintendents. Covers grounds care, irrigation techniques, turf management, equipment, chemical selection and management principles. (Coverage: 1997 - 2006)
  • Landscape & Irrigation - Reports on current news and issues of special interest to those working in the landscaping industry. Covers products and techniques for residential and commercial landscaping, including irrigation, construction, and maintenance. For business and trade interests. (Coverage: 1999 - Present)
  • Landscape Architecture Australia - The official magazine of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. It presents reviews, news and opinions on landscape architecture, urban design and land-use planning. An authoritative and contemporary record - essential reading. It is published four times a year - February, May, August and November - and read by landscape professionals in public and private practice, developers, contractors, suppliers and clients.
    Full text articles for this title are available in APA-FT on Informit (Coverage: 2006 - Present).
    This title was formerly Landscape Australia - see entry below.
  • Landscape and Urban Planning - A journal concerned with conceptual, scientific, and design approaches to land use. By emphasising ecological understanding and a multi-disciplinary approach to analysis and planning and design, it attempts to draw attention to the interrelated nature of problems posed by nature and human use of land. Topics might include but are not limited to landscape ecology, landscape planning and landscape design. This journal is based on the premise that research linked to practice will ultimately improve the human made landscape. (Coverage: 1986 - Present)
  • Landscape Australia - Full text articles available in APA-FT on Informit (Coverage: 1994 - 2006). The title of this journal changed in 2006 to: Landscape Architecture Australia.
  • Landscape Design - (Coverage: 1999 - 2003)
  • Landscape Journal - This American journal contains information concerning academic research, scholarly investigation and technical information of interest to practitioners, academicians and students of landscape architecture. (Coverage: 1997 - Present)
  • Landscape Management - This journal offers news, product reviews, technical updates and management solutions for landscape contractors, professional lawn care operators, sports turf managers, and in-house grounds managers. (Coverage: 1993 - Present)
  • Landscapes/Paysages - This journal presents a Canadian perspective on professional practice and provides a forum to discuss and debate matters related to design, culture and environment, as reflected in Canadian landscapes. (Coverage: 2006 - Present)
  • Landscape Research - This UK journal deals with recent research in landscape from all disciplines. (Coverage: 1998 - Present (with a 12-month delay due to publisher restrictions))
  • Water Garden Journal (USA) - The International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society publishes this quarterly journal for its members. Keep up to date on the latest happenings in the aquatic plant world. The journal includes plant discussions, new plant releases, information on our symposiums past and upcoming, research projects the society has funded and many other topics. (Coverage: 2005 - Present)
Concrete and Masonry
  • Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia (CCAA) - CCAA is the peak national body representing the interests of Australia's six billion dollar a year heavy construction materials industry. CCAA hosts a vast technical library, with up-to-date links to information resources from around the world. Library services can be accessed by members as well as engineers, architects, construction industry professionals and academics. In addition, CCAA researches and publishes its own technical bulletins and case studies, many of which are freely available on this web site. They also publish the highly regarded industry publications C+A and Public Domain - both of which showcase projects that demonstrate the enduring benefits of concrete.
  • Concrete Masonry Association of Australia (CMAA) - CMAA is a national organisation funded by the Australian Masonry Industry to extend and improve the masonry market for concrete block walling, concrete pavers and concrete retaining walls. In pursuit of its objectives, the Association publishes technical manuals and bulletins, maintains this web site, conducts conferences and courses and provides a technical advisory service which is available to the construction industry and other users of concrete masonry products.
  • - Provides architects, designers, specifiers, construction professionals and other stone buyers quick access to qualified suppliers of stone, such as granite and marble etc., and stone related products, from around the world. This web site provides concise and valuable information on product suppliers, their capability and experience, information on their product lines, and more. Web links also give access to the suppliers own web sites and/or email addresses, names, addresses and links to sales representatives and distributors in your geographical area.
  • Think Brick Australia - Think Brick Australia is the peak body representing Australia's biggest clay brick and paver manufacturers. It manages marketing, public relations and promotional activities on behalf of the industry, including a national awards programme. It is also the technical and research arm of the industry and has in place a comprehensive research programme into the use and serviceability of clay bricks and pavers in partnership with The University of Newcastle and the Australian Research Council. It also provides information to the building and landscaping industry through bulletins, manuals, technical notes, techniques sheets and videos for specifying, laying and maintaining clay pavements. (Formerly known as the Clay Brick and Paver Institute).
Useful Landscape Design and Construction Sites
  • American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) - ASLA is the professional association for landscape architects in the USA. ASLA works to increase the public's awareness of and appreciation for the profession of landscape architecture. ASLA is an active advocate for the profession at the local, state and national levels on public policy issues including licensure, liveable communities, sustainable design, surface transportation, the environment, historic preservation, small business issues, and more. 
  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) - AILA is the peak national organisation representing and harnessing the collective interests of the Australian Landscape Architecture professions and oversees the professional recognition of Registered Landscape Architects. It is guided by the Australian Landscape Principles in its policy and strategic directions, advocacy and programs and is the vehicle by which the Landscape Architecture profession is able to raise awareness, initiate and lead engagement with the wider community on issues of strategic importance to the natural and built environment.
  • Australian Institute of Landscape Designers & Managers (AILDM) - AILDM is an association of qualified landscape design and management professionals who have a sound knowledge of landscape design principles, professional ethics, plants and environmental management. Formed in 1994, AILDM has grown into a strong national organisation, with members in all states and major cities as well as many regional centres.
  • Landscaping Victoria - Landscaping Victoria is a progressive association of committed professionals working in an exciting and expanding industry. It comprises commercial and residential landscape contractors, landscape designers, students and educators, and landscape service and product suppliers. In a multi-billion dollar industry they share the common goal of promoting the association's standards of ‘Quality, Pride and Professionalism’. Over the last 40 years, Landscaping Victoria has grown to be a strong force, with a growing public profile, the capacity to add huge value for its members, and the strength to effectively influence industry trends and standards.
  • Landscape Industry Association, Singapore (LIAS) - The LIAS web site aims to facilitate the exchange of information and business opportunities among companies in the landscaping and related industries, as well as to provide a platform for LIAS members to profile their products and services and reach out to the international market. The setting up of LIAS web site is in line with LIAS’ mission to develop and promote professionalism and quality in landscape products and services to fulfil Singapore’s vision of being a City in a Garden.
  • Outdoor Design Source (ODS) - A valuable information resource for specifiers of products and services used in all landscape and external works projects. ODS has more than 10,000 listings from more than 4000 companies that supply products and services to this sector and have presented them in three easy-to-access formats. Landscaping, playground equipment, shade structures and exterior lighting in all its applications to erosion control, drainage, street & outdoor furniture, retaining walls, wholesale nurseries all within the pages of this web site.
  • Turfgrass Producers International (TPI) - TPI is a non-profit trade association that represents the voice of the turfgrass sod industry in the USA. TPI’s 1,000+ membership includes turfgrass sod producers, suppliers, manufacturers, landscape contractors, educators, students and industry associates throughout the world. Since 1967, TPI has been committed to promoting and encouraging the use of turfgrass sod.
Timber Structures
  • Forest & Wood Products Australia ( ) - The National Timber Education Program within this site has developed a range of comprehensive resources for students and professionals interested in learning more about the use of timber in a range of different applications. The resources include: web-based material, online learning resources, case studies, reference material and texts.
  • Outdoor Structures Australia (OSA) - Producing quality timber products for local and international markets, OSA has gained invaluable practical experience, enabling them to provide total solutions for any timber need. OSA supplies quality hardwoods and treated timbers for bridges, boardwalks, outdoor furniture, landscaping, traffic control, fencing, as well as decking and flooring. OSA is committed to providing the very best timber information. Enhance your own timber construction knowledge by browsing this extensive and informative web site - contains guides and information on design tools.
Water Gardens and Features
  • The Australian Aquatic Garden - A detailed and informative article written by Nick Romanowski, a zoologist (with a sub-major in botany) and a wetlands consultant whose studies have revolved around aspects of aquatic biology (native plants, native fishes and aquatic invertebrates). He specialises in Australian wetland plants and maintaining perhaps the largest range of these plants in cultivation. Contains illustrations, diagrams and useful links.
  • The Formal Water Garden - Written by a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland, this page discusses stepped cascades, fountains and water staircases. Contains photographs and links.
  • How to Water Garden - Contains information, articles and resources about water gardening and water features.
  • International Waterlily & Water Gardening Society (IWGS) - The IWGS promotes knowledge, leadership, and standards of excellence in water gardening and related aquatic plant areas. It is a non-profit organisation of multinational membership dedicated to the furtherance of all aspects of water gardens and their associated plants. It is dedicated to supporting and promoting education, research, and conservation in these areas.
  • Oz Watergardens - Oz Watergardens is Australia's largest wholesale producer of waterlilies and ornamental pond plants. It is recognised as the main source of information that people look to for guidance about aquatic plants. New products are constantly being developed to support the pond industry. The web site contains a unique Pond Plant Zoning System to make plant selection easier. Oz Watergardens works with the Nursery industry and the Department of Primary Industries to update information on aquatic plants in order to help people understand how to recognise aquatic weeds and what they should do to help control the risk of potential aquatic weeds. The web site is a tool to pass on information and Oz Watergardens strives to keep the information relevant and up to date.
  • Suite 101- a collection of online articles on various aspects of water gardens: designs and features, plants and maintenance.

Nursery (Retail and Wholesale)

Online Journals
  • American Nurseryman (USA) - Contains feature articles, business profiles, legislation, new products, pest control and news of note aimed at the professional in the nursery business, extension agents, educators and researchers in the field. (Coverage: 1995 - Present)
  • Climag - A free newsletter, published by Managing Climate Variability, printed twice a year in July and December. It keeps you up-to-date with this Australian government department's research, and how their research findings are being applied in agriculture and natural resource management. (Coverage: 2005 - Present)
  • Climatic Change - An interdisciplinary, international journal devoted to the description, causes and implications of Climatic Change. (Coverage: 1997 - Present)
  • Weather and Forecasting - Published by the American Meteorological society, this journal provides information for those who are engaged in operational forecasting or who are involved in research that is directed toward better understanding of weather events that are significant operational forecast problems. (Coverage: 1998 - Present)
Climate and Weather
  • Australian Government. Department of Climate Change (DCC) - The DCC was established by administrative order on 3 December 2007. The department is charged with leading the development and coordination of Australia's climate change policies. They are responsible for policy advice, implementation and program delivery in three areas: mitigation policy through domestic emissions reduction (including the design and implementation of a Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme); adaptation to the unavoidable impacts of climate change; helping to shape a global solution through Australia's international climate change strategy (including carriage of international negotiations). As part of its responsibility for policy development and advice on climate change issues, the department works closely with other Australian Government departments, state and territory agencies, and corresponding government bodies in other countries. They also liaise closely with industry and community groups.
  • Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) - The BOM is Australia's national weather, climate and water agency. Its expertise and services assist Australians in dealing with the harsh realities of their natural environment, including drought, floods, fires, storms, tsunami and tropical cyclones. Through regular forecasts, warnings, monitoring and advice spanning the Australian region and Antarctic territory, the Bureau provides one of the most fundamental and widely used services of government.
  • The Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research (CAWCR) - The CAWCR is a partnership between Australia's leading atmosphere and ocean research agencies: the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO. The Centre was established in September 2007 to provide the combined critical mass necessary to keep Australia at the forefront of weather, climate and oceans research. The Centre's research outputs are delivered in a number of ways: directly from the Bureau of Meteorology, indirectly through support for Bureau services, and through various CSIRO portfolios. CAWCR delivers research to the Wealth from Oceans, Climate Adaptation, Water for a Healthy Country, and Energy Transformed Flagships, and the Climate and Atmosphere Theme in CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research. Products of their research include publications in the scientific literature, new technologies, reports to clients, collaborations and conferences.
  • Elders Weather - Australian and world-wide weather forecast, live BOM radar.
  • National Program for Sustainable Irrigation (NPSI) - The NPSI invests in research into and adoption of sustainable irrigation practices. The NPSI program collaborates with government and primary producer bodies and has been responsible for improved irrigation scheduling and application techniques. For many irrigators this has resulted in reduction of 40% or more of their water use over the last 20 years without loss of production. The program is researching ways of coping with: water scarcity, salinity and other soil factors, irrigation and nutritional requirements, biodiversity and production, plant physiology and water requirements, and the economics of irrigation. Beneficiaries have included a range of irrigation enterprises including rice, grain, cotton, vegetables, tree fruits, nuts, grapes, sugar, dairying and livestock. These irrigated industries account for more than a third of the nation’s total gross value of agricultural production, so are significant to Australia’s economy.
  • Queensland Government. Primary Industries and Fisheries - Primary Industries and Fisheries (part of the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation) has a vision of 'profitable primary industries for Queensland', and supports strategic industry development at all stages of the industry life cycle and throughout the entire value chain - from production to consumption. Their mission is to maximise the economic potential for Queensland's primary industries on a sustainable basis.
Useful Nursery Sites
  • Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria (NGIV) - Founded in 1903, the NGIV is the peak industry body for the state's horticultural industry. NGIV represents the interests of an industry worth $1.6 billion and employs over 11,000 people with a member base covering production, wholesale, retail and allied trades. Victorians love their gardens and the NGIV has been there supporting its members to continually improve the way they do business. NGIV's strategic plan is designed to "build better businesses" and devise strategies to ensure business and the Association continues to be relevant in the future.
  • Nursery Traders (Aust.) - Nursery Traders is an innovative wholesale landscape supply company. They provide service to Australia’s retail nursery, landscaping and development industries through a direct supply service and cash'n'carry trade market. These services give their clients seamless access to a network of more than 200 quality selected wholesale growers and suppliers of allied products.
  • Nursery World - The online gateway to New Zealand's nursery industry.

Pests and Diseases

Online Journals
  • Agricultural and Forest entomology (UK) - This journal presents primary research papers, reviews and short communications on entomological research relevant to the control of insect and other arthropod pests. Subjects covered include biology, population dynamics, impact and management of pests of the full range of forest, agricultural and horticultural crops. All cropping systems within these sectors are also provided, including forest plantations, semi-natural forest stands, seed orchards, fruit orchards, agroforestry systems, grassland, arable and horticultural field and protected crops. (Coverage: 1999 - Present (with a 12-month delay due to publisher restrictions.))
  • Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata (Netherlands) - Covers the fields of experimental biology and ecology, both pure and applied, of insects and other land arthropods. (Coverage: 2003 - Present (with a 12-month delay due to publisher restrictions.))
  • Entomological Research (Korea) - Entomological Research is the successor of the Korean Journal of Entomology.  Published by the Entomological Society of Korea (ESK) since 1970, it is the official English language journal of ESK, and publishes original research articles dealing with any aspect of entomology. Papers in the following subject areas are published in this journal: systematics, ecology, physiology, biochemistry, pest control, embryology, genetics, cell and molecular biology, medical entomology, apiculture and sericulture. The journal publishes research papers, short communications and technical notes, as well as invited reviews. (Coverage: 2006 to Present.)
  • Entomological Science (Japan) - This journal is the official English language journal of the Entomological Society of Japan. The journal publishes original research papers and reviews from any entomological discipline or from directly allied field in ecology, behavioural biology, physiology, biochemistry, development, genetics, systematics, morphology, evolution and general entomology. (Coverage: 2003 - Present (with a 12-month delay due to publisher restrictions.))
  • International Journal of Pest Management (UK) - Provides information concerned with the control of pests and diseases of plants of economic, conservation, medicinal, and amenity value within areas of agriculture, horticulture, forestry, conservation and stored products research. (Coverage: 1997 - Present (with a 12-month delay due to publisher restrictions.))
  • Journal of Phytopathology - This international journal publishes original scientific articles, short communications and reviews on all aspects of phytopathology on the population, organism, physiological, biochemical and molecular genetic level. The scope is on plant diseases induced by microbial pathogens, viruses and nematodes. Papers published address phytopathological and epidemiological aspects of plant diseases with regard to their management and control. The journal is eminently suitable for university teachers, researchers in universities, research institutes, and industry as well as for postgraduate and advanced students. The publication language is English. Fields of interest: phytopathology, plant protection. (Coverage: 1982 - Present (with a 12-month delay due to publisher restrictions.))
  • Pest Management Science (UK) - The international journal of research and development in crop protection and pest control. Since its launch in 1970, the journal has become the premier forum for papers on the discovery, application, and impact on the environment of products and strategies designed for pest management. Topics covered by the journal include: Applications of biotechnology and molecular biology relevant to pest management and crop, animal and public health; Biological control, biopesticides and integrated pest management (IPM); Resistance of pests to management products and strategies; Synthesis, discovery, screening, structure/activity and biochemical mode of action of insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and growth regulators; Properties of new compounds; modelling and formulation studies, and application systems for their performance; Metabolism, degradation, field performance, environmental studies and safety in use of new and existing products; Naturally occurring materials for pest management; Genetic and ecological implications of pesticide use alone and with other methods of pest control; Protection of commodities; Toxicology, risk assessment and regulation. (Coverage: 2000 - Present)
Useful Sites on Pests and Diseases
  • Botanic Gardens Trust (NSW) - On this site, you will find a range of fact sheets published by the Trust's Plant Disease Diagnostic Unit, plus contact details in case you want to know more or find out about other plant pests and diseases.
  • Pests and Diseases Image Library (PaDIL) - PaDIL is a Commonwealth Government initiative with support provided by DAFF (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) and PHA (Plant Health Australia), a non-profit public company. PaDIL's primary aims are to: produce high quality images showing primarily exotic targeted organisms of plant health concern to Australia; assist with plant health diagnostics in all areas, from initial to high level; increase capacity building for diagnostics in plant health, including linkage developments between training and research organisations; create and use educational tools for training undergraduates/postgraduates; and, engender public awareness about plant health concerns in Australia.
  • Pest Information Document Database (PIDD) - PIDD contains the pest-specific documents developed as part of Industry Biosecurity Plans (IBPs). These documents provide background and emergency response information on a number of the High Priority Pests of Australia's plant industries. On this site, you can search for a pest within an industry, and see its names, both scientific and common.
  • Plant Health Australia (PHA) - The objectives for which PHA is established are to: coordinate a cooperative whole of industry and whole of government approach to the development and implementation of plant health policies and management programs including incursion management; provide strategic leadership in the development and implementation of national plant health policies and management programs; maintain and improve international and domestic confidence in Australia's plant health status; contribute to the sustainability of Australia's plant industries and native flora; develop effective consultative, transparent and auditable systems for the management of the Company; and commission, co-ordinate, facilitate and manage national plant health projects.
  • Plant Pathology - This international journal, owned and edited by the British Society for Plant Pathology, covers all aspects of plant pathology and reaches subscribers in 80 countries. Top quality original research papers and critical reviews from around the world cover: diseases of temperate and tropical plants caused by fungi, bacteria, viruses, phytoplasmas and nematodes; physiological, biochemical, molecular, ecological, genetic and economic aspects of plant pathology; disease epidemiology and modelling; disease appraisal and crop loss assessment; and plant disease control and disease-related crop management.(Covers 1970 - Present (with a 12 month delay due to publisher restrictions.))
  • Radcliffe's IPM world textbook - The University of Minnesota's electronic textbook of Integrated Pest Management featuring contributed chapters by internationally recognised experts. The objectives of this site is to provide: a venue for easily maintaining and up-dating "state of the art" information from the world's leading experts on all aspects of IPM; a resource economically deliverable anywhere in the world that can be freely downloaded and used by students, teachers, and IPM practitioners; a forum for the international presentation of practical information and theory on IPM; links to the vast and rapidly growing IPM resources available on the Internet including photographs and decision-support software.

Plant Science

Online Journals
  • Aboriculture & Urban Forestry Online - Arboriculture & Urban Forestry is a bimonthly refereed journal devoted to the dissemination of knowledge in the science and art of planting and caring for trees in the urban environment. The journal is published by the International Society of Arboriculture, whose mission is to foster a greater appreciation for trees and to promote the research, technology, and practice of professional arboriculture. (Coverage: 1975 - Present)
  • American Journal of Botany (AJB) - AJB publishes peer-reviewed, innovative, significant research of interest to a wide audience of plant scientists in all areas of plant biology (structure, function, development, diversity, genetics, evolution, systematics), all levels of organisation (molecular to ecosystem), and all plant groups and allied organisms (cyanobacteria, algae, fungi, and lichens). (Coverage: 1997 - Present)
  • Annals of Botany (AoB) - AoB is an international plant science journal that publishes novel and substantial research papers in all areas of plant science, along with reviews and shorter Botanical Briefings about topical issues. Each issue also features a round-up of plant-based items from the world's media - 'Plant Cuttings'. AoB is published monthly with extra issues that focus on particular themes. The Journal is owned by The Annals of Botany Company, a not-for-profit charity established to promote plant science. (Coverage: 1996 - Present (with a 12-month delay due to publisher restrictions.))
  • Australian Journal of Botany (AJB) - The AJB is an international journal for publication of original research in plant science. Work on all plant groups, including fossil plants, is published. The journal publishes in the areas of ecology and ecophysiology; conservation biology and biodiversity; forest biology and management; cell and molecular biology; paleobotany; reproductive biology and genetics; mycology and pathology; and structure and development. The AJB is one of the series of journals published by CSIRO PUBLISHING for CSIRO Australia and the Australian Academy of Science. (Coverage: 1953 - Present)
  • Australian plants online - An online magazine published by the Australian Native Plants Society (Australia) - ANPSA, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the growing, conservation, promotion and appreciation of Australian native plants. (This journal is currently in recess. New items are not being added for the time being, but you can still view all of the articles published from 1995 - 2009).
  • FLORA: Morphology, Distribution, Functional ecology of plants - FLORA is the oldest scientific botanical journal, originally published in 1818. Contains articles dealing with plant structure (morphology and anatomy), plant distribution (chorology) and plant functional ecology (ecophysiology, population ecology, ecosystem ecology). (Coverage: 2002 - Present)
  • Journal of Experimental Botany - This journal publishes high-quality primary research and review papers in the plant sciences. These papers cover a range of disciplines from molecular and cellular physiology and biochemistry through whole plant physiology to community physiology. (Coverage: 1950 - Present)
  • Plant Biosystems (PB) - An international journal dealing with all aspects of plant biology. Formerly Giornale Botanico Italiano Official Journal of the Società Botanica Italiana. PB is the research journal edited by the Società Botanica Italiana. Published three times a year, the journal covers topics dealing with all aspects of plant biology, systematics, and ecology. Also contains research studies highlighting novel and significant findings, from the molecular level to ecosystems and from micro-organisms to flowering plants. PB succeeded Giornale Botanico Italiano, the historical journal of the Società Botanica Italiana, from the year 1997. (Coverage: 2004 - Present (with a 12-month delay due to publisher restrictions.))
  • Plant Biotechnology Journal (PBJ) - PBJ aims to publish high-impact original research and incisive reviews by leading researchers in applied plant science, with an emphasis on molecular plant sciences and their applications through plant biotechnology. PBJ aims to provide a forum for the most important advances in this field, including curiosity-driven studies with the potential for application, strategic research in plant biotechnology, scientific analysis of key issues for the beneficial application of plant sciences and scientific analysis of the performance of the products of plant biotechnology in practice. (Coverage: 2003 - Present (with a 12-month delay due to publisher restrictions.))
  • Plant Breeding - This journal publishes original papers and short communications by internationally recognised scientists, covering all areas of plant breeding, including plant genetics, plant physiology, plant pathology, and plant development. It focuses on crop plants and is therefore of interest to seed companies and the plant breeding industry as well as to researchers and teachers in this field. Fields of interest: Genetics of cultivated plants as well as research in practical plant breeding. (Coverage: 1998 - Present (with a 12-month delay due to publisher restrictions.))
  • Plant, Cell and Environment - Publishing only the best work, Plant, Cell & Environment publishes original research, either theoretical or experimental, that provides novel insights into the ways that plants respond to their environment. Thus, the journal covers plant biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, cell physiology, whole plant physiology, crop physiology and physiological ecology, together with structural, genetic, pathological and meteorological aspects as related to plant function.(Coverage: 1998 - Present (with a 12-month delay due to publisher restrictions.))
  • Plant & Cell Physiology - An international journal devoted to the publication of original papers pertaining to physiology, bio-chemistry, biophysics, chemistry, genetics, molecular biology, gene engineering and cell engineering of plants and micro-organisms.(Coverage: 2000 - Present (with a 12-month delay due to publisher restrictions.))
  • Plant Ecology & Diversity - All areas of plant biology relating to ecology, evolution and diversity are presented, including those which explicitly deal with today's highly topical themes, such as biodiversity, conservation and global change.(Coverage: 2008 - Present with a 12-month delay due to publisher restrictions.)
  • Plant Evaluation Notes - Reports the results of horticultural trials of herbaceous and woody plants. The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Plant Evaluation Program is one of the largest and most diverse of its kind in the USA. Evaluating over 1,400 taxa of perennials, vines, groundcovers, shrubs and trees totalling over 10,000 plants. The Program offers useful and timely data on the best adapted plants for the Chicago Region and Upper Midwest. Green industry professionals and home gardeners alike rely upon the Program to deliver recommendations of superior garden plants based upon comparative multi-year trials. The Garden’s primary outlet for plant evaluation data, Plant Evaluation Notes, is published following the completion of trials and typically focuses on a single genus or trial group. (Coverage: 2004 - Present)
  • Plant Journal - Publishing the best original research papers in all key areas of modern plant biology from the world's leading laboratories, Plant Journal provides a dynamic forum for this ever growing international research community. Plant science research is now at the forefront of research in the biological sciences, with breakthroughs in our understanding of fundamental processes in plants matching those in other organisms. The impact of molecular genetics and the availability of model and crop species can be seen in all aspects of plant biology. For publication in The Plant Journal the research must provide a highly significant new contribution to our understanding of plants and be of general interest to the plant science community. (Coverage: 1998 - Present (with a 12-month delay due to publisher restrictions.))
  • Plant Methods - An open access, peer-reviewed, online journal that will encompass all aspects of technological innovation in the plant sciences. Plant Methods aims to promote and rapidly disseminate technological advances in plant biology. The goals of the journal will be to stimulate the development and adoption of new and improved techniques and research tools and, where appropriate, to promote consistency of methodologies for better integration of data from different laboratories. (Coverage: 2005 - Present (with a 12-month delay due to publisher restrictions.)) Access is also possible via the Plant Methods web site, where you can register and login.
  • Plant Pathology - Topics covered in this journal include: diseases of temperate and tropical plants caused by fungi, bacteria, viruses, mycoplasma, physiological, biochemical, molecular, ecological, genetic and economic aspects of plant pathology etc. (Coverage: 1970 - Present (with a 12-month delay due to publisher restrictions.))
  • Plant & Soil - This journal publishes original papers and review articles exploring the interface of plant biology and soil sciences, and offers a clear mechanistic component. This includes both fundamental and applied aspects of mineral nutrition, plant-water relations, symbiotic and pathogenic plant-microbe interactions, root anatomy and morphology, soil biology, ecology, agrochemistry and agrophysics. Articles discussing a major molecular or mathematical component also fall within the scope of the journal. All contributions appear in the English language. Plant & Soil is published under the auspices of the Royal Netherlands Society of Agricultural Science. The Editor-in-Chief is Hans Lambers, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia. (Coverage: 2003 - Present (with a 12-month delay due to publisher restrictions.))
Plant Images
  • ANPSA photo gallery - Provided by the Australian Native Plants Society (Australia), this Gallery contains over 700 images of a wide range of Australian native plants. But it's not just a simple image gallery - each plant photo is accompanied by a description which includes a distribution map, botanical features and cultivation/propagation notes. The Gallery is arranged alphabetically by genus and a separate native garden gallery is included, illustrating a range of large and small gardens - to help in designing your own native garden.
  • Botanical Society of America - An online image collection which holds the cover images of the American Journal of Botany. This site also offers an online image collection map to access the entire collection. Please note: each image acts as a link to a page containing more information, and a larger version of the picture.
  • CalPhotos:plants - CalPhotos has been on the web since 1995 and was one of the first online image databases specialising in natural history subjects. The database currently contains 279,765 digital images of plants, animals, and other natural history subjects, along with descriptive information including scientific and common names, location and dates of photos, and other information provided by the person or organisation that contributed the photos. Around 2,000 new photos are added each month by a variety of organisations and individuals that have registered with CalPhotos. CalPhotos receives more than 120,000 specific queries per day, and serves more than 1 million images per day, as of early 2008.
  • Flowering plant families - Published by the University of Hawaii's Botany Department.
  • HortiPlex - HortiPlex is a nexus of useful plant information on the web which contains plant images and data as well as links to information sources, images and vendors at other sites. Searches may be limited to: just those records with images or links to images; records with vendor links; or, records of botanical taxa.
  • USDA Plant image gallery - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Plants Image Gallery emphasizes photos and line drawings of U.S. plants, but also contains many cultivated or foreign taxa.
  • Vascular plant image gallery - This plant image database was developed initially with support from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as part of a digital flora of Texas project.
  • Virtual Foliage - University of Wisconsin image collections (general botany, trees, plant diversity and fungi).
Useful Plant Science Sites
  • Australian Botanical database resources - This page contains numerous links compiled by the Australian National Botanic Gardens and the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research.
  • Australian Native Plants Society (Australia) (ANPSA) - formerly known as the Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants (ASGAP). ANPSA caters for people interested in Australia's native flora whether that interest is simple appreciation of the beauty and diversity of the flora or whether it extends to propagation, cultivation and conservation.
  • Australian Plant Name Index (APNI) - APNI is a tool for the botanical community that deals with plant names and their usage in the scientific literature, whether as a current name or synonym. Information available from APNI includes: Scientific plant names; Author details; Original publication details (protologue); Subsequent usage of the name in the scientific literature (in an Australian context); Typification details; State distribution (from the Australian Plant Census (APC)); Relevant comments and notes; and Links to other information such as plant distributions, descriptions and images (where available). APNI is maintained at the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research with staff, resources and financial support from the Australian National Herbarium, Australian National Botanic Gardens and the Australian Biological Resources Study.
  • Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research and Australian National Herbarium - This unique collaboration between Australia's top research institute conservation managers embraces: the bringing together of the wide-ranging skills, expertise and resources of both organisations, to allow new scope for scientific research on biodiversity that provides a basis for conservation, management and sustainable use of the Australian flora; the amalgamation of the plant specimen collections of the CSIRO and the Australian National Botanic Gardens into a consolidated Australian National Herbarium, constructing a permanent record of Australian plant biodiversity; and the increased accessibility to information on Australian vegetation and plant resources for research, environmental management and public use.
  • Ecocrop - This database was developed by the Land and Water Development Division of FAO (AGLL) as a tool to identify plant species for given environments and uses, and as an information system contributing to a Land Use Planning concept. The program was designed with relatively basic crop environmental requirements information. This design was chosen because the primary object of the project was to include many species and also include species less well known for which it was not possible to obtain detailed information.
  • Electronic Flora of South Australia - The State Herbarium of South Australia is the foremost authority on the State's plants, algae and fungi. The Electronic Flora of South Australia facilitates access to information traditionally published in semi-popular and technical handbooks. It aims to provide a comprehensive web-projected account of the plants of a large part of the Australian continent.
  • Flora of Australia Online - The information in this web site was first published in the Flora of Australia series, produced by the Australian Biological Resources Study and co-published with CSIRO Publishing (previously with the Australian Government Publishing Service). Since then, additional names from the Australian Plant Census have been added, along with comments. The Flora of Australia aims to provide a uniform description of the plants of Australia, with identification keys, illustrations of most genera and many species and distribution maps of all taxa.
  • FloraBank- Australia's premier resource for native seed. Greening Australia's Florabank recognises and shares the best available knowledge from research and practice in native species seed management and supports a professional and informed seed sector, encouraging quality and choice for buyers of native Australian seed. Florabank also delivers training for seed professionals, and works to assist the native seed industry to grow and develop as a national peak body advocate. Florabank is an initiative of the Australian Government, Greening Australia and CSIRO. Greening Australia has been funding Florabank since mid 2008.
  • International Plant Names Index (IPNI) - IPNI is a database of the names and associated basic bibliographical details of seed plants, ferns and fern allies. Its goal is to eliminate the need for repeated reference to primary sources for basic bibliographic information about plant names. The data is freely available and are gradually being standardised and checked. IPNI will be a dynamic resource, depending on direct contributions by all members of the botanical community. IPNI is the product of a collaboration between The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, The Harvard University Herbaria, and the Australian National Herbarium.
  • International Plant Propagators Society (IPPS) - IPPS has a focus on the global community of those involved in horticultural plant production. Its goals are to: share knowledge, information and skills; provide guidance and support for lifelong career achievements; increase recognition of the profession; and maximise the integration of research, education, and horticultural knowledge. This organisation would be of particular interest to those with an interest in ornamental horticulture, vegetable and fruit plant production, floriculture, silviculture, plantation crop production, amenity horticulture, and all other fields related to the production of plants for public use.
  • PlantFacts (USA) - merges several digital collections developed at Ohio State University - an internet search engine on plants, dictionary of plant images, videos, FAQs and a glossary to provide a concentrated source of plant-related information.
  • (USA) - An online source of information on plant patents and plant patent protection.

Soil Science

Online Journals

  • Australian Journal of Soil Research - A bi-monthly scholarly journal covering all aspects of soil research in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, for practitioners and researchers. Includes both internationally relevant and region-specific research on all areas of soil science, land and water management, and soil pollution and remediation. (Coverage: 1998 - Present)
  • Journal of Soil and Water Conservation - A journal publishing articles on water resources and how to use them for effective agricultural applications for the academic audience. (Coverage: 1993 - 2007)
  • Soil & Water Conservation News - A publication of the Soil Conservation Service aimed at generating interest of teachers and students in the environment, agricultural curriculum, diversity and natural resources. (Coverage: 1990 - 1992)

Useful Soil Science Sites

  • See Australian Natural Resources Atlas in Horticulture section.
  • Australian Soil Classification - Classification is a basic requirement of all science and needs to be revised periodically as knowledge increases. It serves as a framework for organising our knowledge of Australian soils and provides a means of communication among scientists, and between scientists and those who use the land. The information provided here by the CSIRO is intended as an online facility for all interested parties to assist with soil classification work.
  • Compendium of online Soil Survey Information (Netherlands) - Provides information on the institutes around the world that carry out soil surveys, their methods & techniques, soil classification systems, models, and interpretations. This web site is dedicated to making soil survey information accessible, and guides the user towards the most useful sites. Special emphasis has been placed on a comprehensive catalogue of soil geographic databases.
  • International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) - IUSS is the global union of soil scientists. The objectives of the IUSS are to promote all branches of soil science, and to support all soil scientists across the world in the pursuit of their activities. This web site provides information for IUSS members and those interested in soil science.
  • ISRIC - World Soil Information - An independent foundation with a global mandate, funded by the Netherlands Government, and with a strategic association with Wageningen University and Research Centre. ISRIC aims to inform and educate - through the World Soil Museum, public information, discussion and publication. ISRIC serves the scientific community as custodian of global soil information and endeavours to undertake applied research on land and water resources.
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS): Soils Web Site - The NRCS works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance designed to benefit the soil, water, air, plants, and animals that result in productive lands and healthy ecosystems. This site also provides access to global soil resources and information.

Turf Management

Online Journals

  • Athletic Turf Maintenance & Technology - A journal covering turf maintenance and technology for use in sports and athletics. (Coverage: 2000 - 2001)
  • Grounds maintenance - Trade publication that provides technical and managerial guidance for professional grounds care managers and golf course superintendents. Covers grounds care, irrigation techniques, turf management, equipment, chemical selection and management principles. (Coverage: 1997 - 2006)
  • Landscape management - For professionals in landscape, grounds management and lawn care, construction, and maintenance. (Coverage: 1993 - Present)
  • SportsTURF - Reports on current news and information of special interest to owners and landscape and/or ground managers of athletic fields, golf courses, parks and schools, and colleges and universities. Includes industry news and new products and services. (Coverage: 1999 - Present)
  • TurfGrass Trends - A monthly journal of practical research on technical turfgrass management topics, including golf course design and maintenance, turfgrass cultivars, turfgrass diseases and turfgrass pests, as well as best-management practices for professional turfgrass managers. Authors include top university researchers in the science of turfgrass management. *** The link above provides access to the Gale database, which has full-text coverage from 2000-2001.
    For a complete list of the articles accessible via InfoTrac, click HERE.
  • USGA Green Section Record (USA) - The USGA Green Section has recorded and published information of value respecting proper maintenance and upkeep of golf courses since 1921, but May 1963 marked the debut of what golf course superintendents and course officials everywhere have come to know as the USGA Green Section Record. More that 200 issues later, it continues to provide the game of golf with pertinent information and unique perspective on the maintenance and management of golf courses. Today, it is an electronic weekly, offering articles with the latest information on research, turfgrass culture, golf course management, and environment issues. Combining agronomic and management topics without advertising has made it a popular choice among golf course superintendents, Green Committee members, and course officials.

Useful Turf Management Sites

  • Asian Turfgrass Center (ATC) - The leading source of turfgrass information for East & Southeast Asia. Here you will find information about efficient management techniques for turfgrass in Asia, upcoming turfgrass educational programs, the work and blog of Dr. Micah Woods (President and Research Director of the ATC), free downloads of turfgrass articles and turfgrass fact sheets, links to other sources of useful information, turfgrass photographs, and full details of the services provided by the ATC.
  • New York State Turfgrass Association (NYSTA) - A web site for people interested in the American turfgrass industry. Here you will find a wealth of information on membership procedures, upcoming events, donation and sponsorship opportunities, job postings, and scholarships. "The mission of the New York State Turfgrass Association is to unify, lead and promote professionalism among people interested in the turfgrass and grounds industry. We will accomplish this through education and research, while advocating environmentally-responsible management."
  • The Cut - The Australian Golf Course Superintendents' Association (AGCSA) produces The Cut, its free weekly email newsletter. The newsletter contains all the latest news, events and information from the AGCSA and around the industry. It also contains the latest job ads and classified ads to be lodged on the AGCSA web site as well as a regular listing of superintendents and their courses which are hosting upcoming tournaments.
  • Turfgrass, the most visible crop - Papers from the Australian Agronomy Conference in 2004 discussing potential uses and management of turfgrass.
  • Turfgrass Producers International (TPI) - TPI is a non-profit trade association that represents the voice of the turfgrass sod industry in the USA. TPI's 1,000+ membership includes turfgrass sod producers, suppliers, manufacturers, landscape contractors, educators, students and industry associates throughout the world. Since 1967, TPI has been committed to promoting and encouraging the use of turfgrass sod.


Online Journals
  • Weed Biology & Management - This academic journal presents original research, review articles, technical reports and short communications in all aspects of weed science. (Coverage: 2003 - Present (with a 12-month delay due to publisher restrictions.))
  • Weed research - Academic journal concerned with the study of weeds, weed control and related topics. (Coverage: 1998 - Present (with a 12-month delay due to publisher restrictions.))
Useful Sites on Weeds
  • Council of Australasian Weed Societies, Inc. (CAWS) - CAWS is an independent body that can express national and regional views on all issues relating to weeds and their management. It is composed of delegates from Australian State Societies and the Plant Protection Society of New Zealand that have weed management as their major focus. CAWS promotes weed management, and its practitioners, through education, awards, travel grants and publications. CAWS provides links to Australian State Weed Societies.
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) - Weeds - Contains information on exotic weeds, weeds research, management of weeds and weed assessments in Australia.
  • Environmental weeds in Australia - Information about this topic is provided here through the Australian Native Plants Society (Australia).
  • European Weed Research Society (EWRS) - The objectives of the EWRS are to: promote and encourage weed research and management in Europe and elsewhere; assist in communication between researchers active in weed science; and to collaborate with national and international organisations involved in weed science.
  • Invasive Species - Provided by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, this page documents how invasive species have a major impact on Australia's environment, threatening its unique biodiversity and reducing overall species abundance and diversity. This department is interested in the protection of the environment and social amenity from the negative effects associated with invasive species; including weeds, pests and diseases.
  • NSW DPI: Agriculture - weeds - On this page, which is part of the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), you will find the following information: weed definitions and FAQs; species information; noxious weed declarations; weeds research in the areas of weed science, crop, pasture and environmental weed ecology and integrated weed management by cultural, chemical, mechanical and biological control means; fact-sheets, newsletters, posters, training materials, books and videos about weed identification, management and other issues; weed legislation, policies and national and state weed strategies; useful links and weed maps consisting of the distribution and abundance data for each weed species in NSW.
  • Tropical and Subtropical Weeds Research Unit - An initiative developed at the University of Queensland to undertake research into aspects of weed science.
  • WA Department of Agriculture and Food - The weed science team from this department conducts valuable research into sustainable Integrated Weed Management strategies for WA farming systems. WA farmers are encouraged to adopt best management practices for the control of weeds resulting increased crop production and greater profitability. On this WA government site, you'll find information on the following sub-topics: declared plants in Western Australia; herbicides; integrated weed management; major weeds; research projects; weed publications and links.
  • Which Weed? - Provides details of the work pertaining to the Tamar Valley Weed Strategy. This is a community based organisation that has received tremendous support from a whole range of groups and individuals: heavy and light industry; landcare groups; municipal councils; Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association; Federal and State governments and individual landowners and farmers. The technical information on this site has been made available by the Department of Primary Industries, Water and the Environment (Tasmania).
  • Weeds Australia - This site has been created by the Australian Weeds Committee to promote access to key weed policies, regulations, current issues, national initiatives, research, extension, training and personnel.
  • Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) - A non-profit professional society, which promotes research, education, and extension outreach activities related to weeds; provides science-based information to the public and policy makers; and fosters awareness of weeds and their impacts on managed and natural ecosystems.