CAB International (CABI)

CABI is an international, intergovernmental organisation concerned with dissemination, application and generation of scientific knowledge in agriculture, forestry and related disciplines. CABI is best known for its publications, which include the CAB ABSTRACTS and the Global Forestry Compendium.

CAB International
Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 8DE, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1491 832111
Fax: +44 (0)1491 829292
E-mail: [email protected]

For information on CABI's general work, visit the Web site

CABI Global Forestry Compendium

This Compendium is a silvicultural reference tool published by CABI in the form of a CD-ROM. It is updated every two years and currently contains a number of descriptive features which are highly relevant to several types of user. It can be used as:

  • an operational tool to aid decision-making by forest managers and forest officers
  • a reference guide for researchers, forest planners, policy makers, conservationists and consultants
  • an educational and training tool for extension workers, teachers, lecturers and students

Some of the features are as follows:

  • detailed data sheets of more than 1200 species worldwide of economic importance and lesser known species of local importance, including illustrations of tree species;
  • in addition, basic data is available for over 20 000 species of forestry interest from CABI's TREENAMES taxonomic database;
  • a species selection module which aids decision-making for selecting suitable species to plant on a required site;
  • a bibliography containing references, many with abstracts provided from CAB ABSTRACTS;
  • a multilingual glossary, including forestry terms defined in English, French, Spanish, German and Portuguese;
  • ICRAF¿s Tree Seed Suppliers Directory;
  • Aspects of Forestry contains text from FAO, CIFOR, ITTO and INBAR.

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CAB Abstracts Database

The CAB ABSTRACTS database is compiled from the world's scientific and technical literature. Over 40 000 published documents, including research journals, conference proceedings and papers, books, reports, patents and theses are received annually from more than 130 countries in over 50 languages. This material is screened, translated, abstracted and indexed by professional and support staff. More than 160 000 new records are added to the database each year, of which 95% include an informative abstract. Over 3.5 million abstracts from the world literature have been added to the computerized CAB ABSTRACTS database since 1973, and this is complemented by a similar number in printed form before 1973, from CABI's origins in 1913.

CABI forestry-related journals

There are three forestry-related journals:

Forestry Abstracts is a monthly journal which covers the world literature on all aspects of forestry, including land use and conservation. It started publication in 1939 and contains approximately 10 000 abstracts each year derived from the CAB ABSTRACTS database. The online version, updated weekly, contains over 14 000 abstracts per year and has a 10-year fully searchable archive.

Agroforestry Abstracts covers all aspects of agroforestry systems, components and processes. It is only available on the Internet and is updated weekly and has a 13-year fully searchable archive. Approximately 3 000 abstracts are added each year, derived from the CAB ABSTRACTS database.

Forest Products Abstracts is a bimonthly journal which covers the world literature on all aspects of wood processing from logging to marketing and including non-timber forest products. It started publication in 1978 and contains approximately 2600 abstracts each year derived from the CAB ABSTRACTS. The online version, updated weekly, contains over 3500 abstracts and has a 10-year fully searchable archive. is a service from CABI Publishing which provides online access to CABI's Abstract Journals. The journals cover the world's published research literature in all aspects of forest and wood science. They form a comprehensive database of bibliographic references and informative abstracts. In addition to the most current abstracts, updated weekly, there is a 10-year backfile of abstracts from Forestry Abstracts and Forest Products Abstracts and a 12-year backfile of abstracts from Agroforestry Abstracts.

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last updated:  Thursday, February 21, 2008