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Sustainable agriculture

These databases provide information on the economic, environmental, and social aspects of sustainable agriculture: agriculture that is capable of maintaining its productivity and usefulness to society indefinitely.

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Try searching these terms as descriptors in these databases. (Not all databases allow subject or descriptor searching, but when it is possible, you will get a more refined list of results.)

  • Agricultural ecology
  • Agricultural land
  • Agrobiodiversity
  • Agroecology
  • Agroforestry
  • Alternative agriculture
  • Alternative farming
  • Animal ecology
  • Best management practices (bmps)
  • Biodiversity
  • Biointensive gardening
  • Biological control
  • Biological control agents
  • Biological indicators
  • Biologically integrated farming systems
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Carrying capacity
  • Community supported agriculture (csa)
  • Conservation
  • Conservation buffers
  • Conservation tillage
  • Controlled grazing
  • Dendroecology
  • Eco-agriculture
  • Ecological farming
  • Ecosystems
  • Environmental indicators
  • Externalities
  • Externalities (economic)
  • Farmland preservation
  • Food chains
  • Food cooperatives
  • Food webs
  • Foodways {food symbolism and traditions}
  • Good agricultural practices (gap)
  • Grassland management
  • Grasslands
  • Grazing intensity
  • Grazing systems
  • Humus
  • Integrated pest management
  • Land use and sustainability
  • Life cycle and (environmental assessment or environmental impact)
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Low input agriculture
  • Market gardens
  • Microenvironments
  • Natural foods
  • Natural grasslands
  • Nutrient balance
  • Nutrient content
  • Nutrient management
  • Organic farming
  • Organic fertilizers
  • Organic foods
  • Organic production
  • Pastures
  • Permaculture
  • Permanent grasslands
  • Plant communities
  • Plant ecology
  • Precision agriculture
  • Precision farming
  • Resource management
  • Restoration ecology
  • Rotational grazing
  • Soil
  • Soil air
  • Soil bacteria
  • Soil biology
  • Soil organic matter
  • Suburban agriculture
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Sustainable development
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Urban agriculture
  • Weed control
  • CAB Abstracts from CABDirect

        CAB
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    CAB Abstracts from CABDirect

    CAB Abstracts indexes citations and abstracts from journals, books, reports, handbooks, conference proceedings, field notes, and theses in agriculture, life sciences, natural resources, veterinary sciences, applied economics, nutrition, tourism, and the environment. Includes the CAB Abstracts Archive. Some full text available as PDFs. 1910s-present.  

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  • AGRICOLA from ProQuest

        ProQuest search screen
    This resource is restricted to Virginia Tech users only Sponsored by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia Screencast tutorials available for this resource Contents of this resource available through Summon database provides Get VText links

    AGRICOLA from ProQuest

    AGRICOLA indexes citations for journal articles, books, proceedings, theses, patents, translations, audiovisual materials, computer software, and technical reports pertaining to all aspects of agriculture, life sciences, nutrition, and environmental science. This database provides selective worldwide coverage of primary information sources in agriculture and related fields. You can limit to peer-reviewed sources. 1970-present.  

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  • Sustainability Science Abstracts from ProQuest

        ProQuest search screen
    This resource is restricted to Virginia Tech users only Sponsored by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia Screencast tutorials available for this resource Contents of this resource available through Summon database provides Get VText links

    Sustainability Science Abstracts from ProQuest

    Sustainability Science Abstracts indexes abstracts and citations from journal articles, conference proceedings, books, patents, reports, theses, and dissertations in the fields of sustainable development, human population and demography, natural resource management, and conservation of natural resources. You can limit to peer-reviewed sources. 1995-present.  

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  • Environmental Impact from CABI

        Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International
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    Environmental Impact from CABI

    Environment Impact indexes citations and full text of journal articles, conference proceedings, government reports, books and ebooks, and other publications on climate change and human impact on the environment. 1910-present.  

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  • Environment Complete from EBSCOhost

        EBSCOhost interface
    This resource is restricted to Virginia Tech users only Sponsored by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia This resource provides a mobile interface; see description for link Screencast tutorials available for this resource database provides Get VText links

    Environment Complete from EBSCOhost

    Environment Complete indexes citations, abstracts, and full-text articles from journals, conference proceedings, and books on the agricultural, biological, social science, and technological aspects of the environment. Full text available in HTML and PDF. You can limit to peer-reviewed journals. 1888-present.  

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