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Collection profile for agricultural science

Print and electronic resources from the field of agricultural sciences are a key part of ZB MED’s collection. Its primary focus is on collecting scientific works relevant to the value creation chain that extends from the environment to people, nutrition and health.

Agricultural sciences cover a broad domain, and the range of ZB MED’s holdings in this area is correspondingly wide. It includes the responsible production of healthy food of plant and animal origins, the ability to achieve sustainable crop yields for a growing global population under the pressure of global climate change, and innovative concepts on the use of alternative raw materials and energy from regenerative sources.

The collection policy also extends to scientific works on the efficient use of resources in agricultural production systems, as well as analyses of material and process cycles and their environmental impact with the aim of preserving the natural resources of soil, water, air and landscapes.

A particular focus is placed on current research topics which adopt a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses medicine, agricultural sciences, or environmental sciences. These include studies on biodiversity and the importance of various biodiversity goods for people’s quality of life, as well as research into infectious diseases and zoonoses, particularly in regard to the ever-increasing contact between human and animal habitats.

Certain areas are only given secondary consideration in the active collection, including the history of agricultural sciences as well as general and specialist aspects of politics, sociology and law. ZB MED’s collection policy also gives a more minor role to economic aspects and to specialist works on technical aspects such as agricultural machinery, the construction of livestock sheds, and biotechnological and genetic engineering procedures in industrial production.


Alphabetical keyword and topic overview

  • Active and natural substances from microorganisms
  • Active plant ingredients
  • Adaptation strategies
  • Agricultural informatics
  • Agricultural Systems
  • Agriculture in climate change
  • Agriculture in different countries and climatic zones
  • Agroecology
  • Agroecosystems
  • Agroforestry
  • Alternative protein sources
  • Anatomy and physiology of farm animals
  • Animal active substances
  • Animal health products
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Aquaculture
  • Ark Noah projects
  • Avian flu
  • Bee conservation
  • Bee mortality
  • Beekeeping
  • Beneficial organism-environment relationship
  • Biodiversity assets
  • Biodiversity in agriculture
  • Biodiversity research
  • Bioeconomy
  • Biometrics and experimentation
  • Biotechnology and genetic engineering in animal and plant systems
  • Botany of Crops
  • Citizen Science
  • Climate change
  • Cloned sheep
  • Crop Science
  • Crop security
  • Crop Varieties
  • Cultivation methods
  • Desertification
  • Ecosystem services
  • Ecotoxicology
  • EHEC
  • Epidemiology
  • ESBL bacteria
  • Extensive farming
  • Farm animal behaviour
  • Farm animal diseases
  • Farm animal ecology
  • Farm animal health
  • Farm animal husbandry and care
  • Farm animal nutrition
  • Farm animal science
  • Farming practices
  • Food Chain Management
  • Food production
  • Food Security
  • Gene banks
  • Hygiene in livestock farming
  • Industrial Agriculture
  • Infection research
  • Inland fisheries
  • Invasive Species
  • Irrigation and drainage
  • Land management
  • Livestock breeding
  • Livestock breeds
  • Livestock slaughter
  • Medicinal plants
  • Metabolic physiology
  • Micro- and nanostructures in agricultural sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Model systems and modelling
  • Multi-resistant pathogens
  • Nanotechnology
  • Natural Products Research
  • Nutritional physiology of livestock
  • One Health
  • Organic farming
  • Organic farming
  • Overexploitation
  • Pathogen-host dynamics
  • Pest control
  • Phytochemistry
  • Phytopathology
  • Plant breeding
  • Plant Fertilisation
  • Plant Genetic Resources
  • Plant Genetics
  • Plant Nutrition
  • Plant products
  • Plant Protection
  • Pond management
  • Population genetics
  • Post-harvest physiology
  • Precision agriculture
  • Renewable raw materials
  • Resource efficiency
  • Shortage of natural resources
  • Soil biochemistry
  • Soil biology
  • Soil conservation
  • Soil degradation
  • Soil erosion
  • Soil fertility
  • Soil protection
  • Soil salinisation
  • Soil science
  • Soil-Plant Interaction
  • Sustainable use concepts
  • Swine fever
  • Transgenic organisms
  • Urban agriculture
  • Value chains
  • Zoonosis research