Food Crops


SB 175 Food Crops. General Works


Foodplant DB is a database on Native American food plants, of which this site serves as the class query page. The site is an AGIS database and a service of the National Agricultural Library of the USDA.
Upon accessing the site, the user will find a link for general information on the site, via the site's title. Within the site's main page are the search fields. Users can activate the common name/family/genus/taxon field and the "browse" field to browse the database. Similarly, the user can select searches that involve querying by example, query building, ACEDB query language, or table makers. For each of these latter search specifications, users will have a query page appear, in which they can make search specifications.
When browsing the database, the user will have to choose from items displayed in a sublist selection field and a common name field. Once choices are made, a listing of taxonomic names appears. Selecting a name then reveals the final record: (1) genus; (2) species; (3) author (of reference); (4) family; (5) common name; (6) plant uses; and (7) areas of growth and presence. At the bottom of every final record page are the standard search method links, viewed on the site's first page.
The site is maintained by Stephen M. Beckstrom-Sternberg and James A. Duke; the National Agricultural Library; USDA; Beltsville, Maryland.
To Search:
Select applicable search fields from main page and follow screen links to view complete plant records.

SB 176.A4 Food Crops. By Country or Region, A-Z. Africa

Lost Crops of Africa: Volume I: Grains

Lost Crops of Africa: Volume I: Grains, a publication of the National Academy Press, is available for browsing through this WWW site, a directory for the National Academy Press Bookstore. Here, users can view and purchase the publication, as well as have access to the various services provided by the National Academy Press Bookstore.
"...Africa has more than 2,000 native grains and fruits --'lost' species due for rediscovery and exploitation. This volume focuses on native cereals, including...African rice...Finger millet...Fonio (acha), probably the oldest African cereal...Pearl millet...Sorghum...Tef...and other cultivated and wild grains. This readable and engaging book dispels myths, often based on western bias, avbout the nutritional value, flavor, and yield of these African grains. Designed as a tool for economic development, the volume is organized with increasing levels of detail to meet the needs of both lay and professional readers. The authors present the available information on where and how each grain in grown, harvested, and processed, and they list its benefits and limitations as a food source. The authors describe 'next steps' for increasing the use of each grain, outline research needs, and address issues in building commercial production....This fact-filled volume will be of great interest to agricultural experts, entrepreneurs, researchers, and individuals concerned about restoring food production, environmental health, and economic opportunity to sub-Saharan Africa."
A special feature of this site allows the user to order the publication through an onscreen link, as well as to access the various information links within the National Academy Press Bookstore, the publishers of several government research groups.
The site is maintained by the National Academy Press and the National Academy Press Bookstore; Washington, D.C.
To Search:
Follow onscreen links to view publication contents and ordering information. Onscreen links provided to the bookstore and its services, as well as to the National Academy Press homepage.