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Horticulture Compendium

Horticulture Compendium

"A comprehensive, encyclopedic resource for information on horticultural food crops"

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What is the Horticulture Compendium?

A new, unique encyclopedic resource of authoritative horticultural datasheets providing global coverage of temperate, tropical and subtropical horticultural food crops. The Horticulture Compendium joins CABI’s critically-acclaimed compendia series, making a real difference to the working lives of people across the globe by bringing together a vast selection of information into one place.

The datasheets are enhanced with data from specialist organizations, images, a bibliographic database and full text articles. New datasheets and datasets will continue to be added, reviewed and updated post-launch.

Vital stats

  • Over 250 detailed crop datasheets, including crops of global significance and minor crops of increasing significance due to factors such as climate change, nutritional security, water security and other environmental variables (new crop datasheets/sections will continue to be added)
  • 38 detailed peer-reviewed Key Topic chapter-like datasheets, each of approximately 10,000 words
  • Over 1,300 concise pest datasheets
  • 500 country/state/province datasheets with basic data
  • More than 1,000 images − for ease of identification and teaching
  • A subset of the latest research on crop management and storage from CAB Abstracts, updated weekly, with full text of selected journal and conference articles
  • Interactive glossary with over 16,000 terms
  • Report generator function allowing key information to be rapidly edited and disseminated, enabling users to put together their own lecture notes or personalized notes
  • A fast, accurate site search to allow searching for a particular species or term across datasheets, abstracts, glossary, and full text
  • The ability to filter by taxonomy
  • Not included: cut flowers / grasses / ornamental plants / landscaping and gardening

Unique features

  • Highly structured comprehensive horticultural crop datasheets (vegetables, fruits, nuts, herbs/spices and commodity crops) including sections on: taxonomy; growth stages; biology and ecology; genetics/main cultivars; key pests/non-infectious disorders; uses; propagation; cultivation; harvesting; postharvest treatment; nutritional value; production and trade; phytosanitary issues and food safety.
  • Peer-reviewed Key Topic datasheets on subjects of general horticultural interest written by international experts, e.g. Food Safety, Harvesting, Postharvest Storage, Cultivation Techniques, Decision Support Systems.

*Figures correct as of April 2018

CAB Direct (CABI's own platform)

The Horticulture Compendium is a valuable repository for students, teachers/lecturers, practitioners (grower operations managers, agro dealers, extension workers) and as a reference guide to aid crop production decision-making.

In 2016, CABI launched the Horticultural Science internet resource, an essential internet resource of abstracts, full-text articles, news and reviews for scientists, researchers, students and all those who need to keep up-to-date with current research and trends in horticultural science. Horticultural Science covers tropical, subtropical and temperate crops and regions.

CABI also publishes a broad range of specialist horticulture books and eBooks.

The Horticulture Compendium uses the same basic functionality as its sister compendia which are well known to exisiting compendia customers. 

Training manuals and videos will be created later in the year.

If you require personal training on any of our products, please contact us directly at for more information or visit our training page.

Please view our Horticuture Compendium brochure.

A wider set of promotional materials are available to download from our For Librarians area.

If you require specific promotional materials for this CABI product, please contact our publishing promotions team.

CABI's Editorial Advisory Board for Horticulture is chaired by Dr Dyno Keatinge MBE. Dr Keatinge brings 43 years of crop agronomy experience to the post, having previously held the position of Director General of AVRDC (the World Vegetable Center) and Chair of AIRCA (the Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture). Watch an interview with Dr Keatinge.

View the CABI Editorial Advisory Board for Horticulture