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Crop Protection Compendium

Crop Protection Compendium

"The world’s most comprehensive site for information on crop pests"

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What is the Crop Protection Compendium?

A time-saving, encyclopedic, mixed-media tool that draws together scientific information on all aspects of crop protection. It features extensive global coverage of pests, diseases, weeds and their natural enemies, the crops that are their hosts, and the countries in which they occur.

The invasive species Horizon Scanning Tool is now launched! It’s a decision support aid to help users identify potential invasive species threats to a country, state or province. The tool is supported by USDA and DFID, and currently has open beta status whilst enhancements to the content and interface continue. Risk assessors, plant protection officers, quarantine officers, protected area managers and researchers will find that the Horizon Scanning Tool provides a quick and user-friendly means of accessing a large volume of relevant data for categorizing and prioritizing potential invasive species.

There are two versions of the Horizon Scanning Tool available; a free version for users of the open-access Invasive Species Compendium and a premium version for subscribers to the Crop Protection Compendium.

Crop Protection Compendium vital stats

  • Over 27,500 datasheets and 3,600 detailed datasheets on crop pests, diseases, weeds, invasive plants and natural enemies with contributions from  the CGIAR centres, EPPO, FERA, FAO, PROSEA, USDA and World Bank
  • More than 200 detailed crop datasheets
  • Information on an additional 23,000 species
  • Over 8,000 pictures allowing for easy identification and teaching
  • A subset of the latest research on crop pests from CAB Abstracts, updated weekly, with full text of selected journal and conference articles
  • Interactive glossary with more than 21,000 terms, some multilingual, including information on pesticides and biopesticides
  • A library of documents, some specially commissioned on various aspects of crop protection, including texts on invasive plants, horticulture, economic impact, postharvest issues and safe movement of germplasm


Crop Protection Compendium Unique features

  • Extensive global coverage of crops, pests and natural enemies in a single resource with fast and easy navigation between text, images, maps and databases
  • Up-to-date information on the latest literature on the spread, detection and control of pests and diseases, new abstracts, full text and pest distribution information added weekly
  • Report generator to enable key information to be rapidly edited and disseminated
  • New: maps of species distribution including grabbing-and-panning and zoom functionality 
  • Pest distribution data from the EPPO (European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization) PQR database, CABI/EPPO maps, IPPC (International Plant Protection Convention) Official Pest Reports and other sources
  • Improved: citation linking in text and tables to references at the end of datasheets
  • Access to additional resources: ID keys, image libraries, pest distribution data, phytosanitary information
  • A site search to allow searching for a particular species or term across datasheets, abstracts, glossary and full text all at the same time
  • An advanced datasheet search to help with identification and quarantine issues

*Figures correct as of July 2019

CAB Direct (CABI's own platform)

  • Pest identification
  • Taxonomy
  • Morphology
  • Symptoms, detection and diagnosis
  • Geographical distribution, introduction and spread
  • Phytosanitary risk
  • Biology and Ecology
  • Habitat, movement and dispersal
  • Natural enemies
  • Economic, social and environmental impact
  • Invasiveness
  • Pest management
  • Seed Pathology
  • Crop production, botany and uses
  • Genetic variation and breeding
  • Production and international trade

Extension officers / Lecturers and students / Researchers / Plant quarantine officers / Policy makers / Crop managers / Crop protection practitioners (both public and private sector) / Seed and biotechnology industry / Agrochemical industry / Plant breeders / Entomologists, plant pathologists, nematologists and weed specialists 

  • What are the key facts about a particular pest?
  • Where can I find up-to-date scientific information on a pest?
  • Which pests can attack my crops?
  • How do I deal with a particular pest?
  • Where in the world does a pest occur?
  • What is the impact of a pest?
  • What are the quarantine implications of a pest or a crop import?

The Crop Protection Compendium is an initiative of over 40 partners in a global Development Consortium, which includes technical institutions, development-assistance agencies and private-sector companies.

The International Development Consortium members:

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada / American Cynamid / Asian Development Bank / Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research / Bayer CropScience / Bioversity International / CABI / Canadian Food Inspection Agency / Canadian International Development Agency / Central Science Laboratory / Danish Government Institute of Seed Pathology / Danish International Development Agency / Deere and Company / Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Australia / Department for International Development / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Tecnische Zusummenarbeit / Dow AgroSciences (including Rohm and Haas) / DuPont / Grains Research and Development Corporation / Horticulture Australia / Indian Council of Agricultural Research / International Center for Tropical Agriculture / International Development Research Centre / International Institute of Tropical Agriculture / International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre /  International Potato Centre / International Rice Research Institute / Kenya Agricultural Research Institute / Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute / Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan / Monsanto / National Department of Agriculture and Agricultural Research Council, South Africa / New Zealand Agency for International Development / Pioneer Hi-Bred / Rockefeller Foundation / Seminis Vegetable Seeds / Sumitomo Chemical Company Ltd / Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation / Syngenta / Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology / The Africa Rice Center / United Nations Development Program / United States Agency for International Development / United States Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service / United States Department of Agriculture - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service / United States Department of Agriculture -Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service / United States Department of Agriculture - Foreign Agricultural Service / World Bank / Zamorano, Honduras

Our International Development Consortium Partners:

Centre for Biological Information Technology, University of Queensland, Australia / European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization / Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations /  Iowa State University / Plant Resources of South-East Asia / Systematic Botany and Mycology Laboratory / University of Bonn, Germany

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