KBD: Kew Bibliographic Databases: About

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The Kew Bibliographic Databases is a combined searching tool giving you access to three bibliographic databases: KR — The Kew Record of Taxonomic Literature, PMBD — the Plant Micromorphological Bibliographic Database and EBBD — the Economic Botany Bibliographic Database.

There is no charge for using the KBD and you may carry out a simple search, retrieving a limited number of references, without registering. Registered users can access a much larger number of references at a time, search just the data sets they are interested in, download selected references, save searches for repeated use and perform more complex searches.

Kew Record of Taxonomic Literature

A bibliography of over 200,000 publications relating to the taxonomy of flowering plants, gymnosperms, and ferns, published from 1971 up to the end of 2007, when data entry ceased. Publications entered will remain available. The Plant Micromorphology and Economic Botony bibliographies continue to be updated.

The Kew Record database contains references to all publications relating to the taxonomy of flowering plants, gymnosperms and ferns. It also includes references on phytogeography, nomenclature, chromosome surveys, chemotaxonomy, floras and botanical institutions, along with articles of taxonomic interest in the fields of anatomy and morphology, palynology, embryology and reproductive biology, and relevant bibliographies and biographies.

Records from the database are also available in print format as The Kew Record of Taxonomic Literature Relating to Vascular Plants, published by TSO (The Stationery Office), see http://www.tsoshop.co.uk/.

Plant Micromorphology Bibliography

The Plant Micromorphology Bibliographic Database (PMBD) is a unique bibliographic database maintained by the Kew Micromorphology Group. The database supports all of the group's research, including the two book series Anatomy of the Dicotyledons and Anatomy of the Monocotyledons.

It contains over 90,000 references to publications and is probably the most comprehensive computerised index to higher plant micromorphology in existence. It covers most work published on plant anatomy and pollen/spore morphology in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and is regularly updated with new literature. All aspects of angiosperm and gymnosperm plant structure are covered, together with vegetative anatomy of pteridophytes. Common subject areas include ontogeny, ultrastructure, techniques, palaeobotany, embryology and seed anatomy.

The database was started in the 1930s by Dr. C.R. Metcalfe as a basic card index concentrating on vegetative anatomy, with annotated reference cards filed under families, key subjects and authors. From 1960 onwards, Miss Mary Gregory collated data using a more comprehensive and detailed system of subject categories. More than 240 subject keywords are used today. The database was computerised in 1985 making retrieval of articles much easier. As of January 2000, pollen references are covered more comprehensively, with the inclusion of minor papers covering single species. Extensive information on pollen morphology published before 2000 can be found in issues of Index bibliographique sur la morphologie des pollens d'Angiospermes, published by Institut Francais de Pondichery: Pondichery, France, which covers five year periods.

Other useful reference books are:

Metcalfe, C.R. and Chalk, L. (1950) Anatomy of the Dicotyledons. Clarendon Press: Oxford. 2 volumes.

Metcalfe, C.R. and Chalk, L. (1979) Anatomy of the Dicotyledons. Volume 1 – 2nd Edition. Clarendon Press: Oxford.

Metcalfe, C.R. and Chalk, L. (1983) Anatomy of the Dicotyledons. Volume 2 &ndas; 2nd Edition. Clarendon Press: Oxford.

The Economic Botany Bibliography Database

The EBBD contains 33,000 references to publications relating to the uses by humans of flowering plants, gymnosperms and ferns. Entries date from the late nineteenth century to 2003, when data entry stopped. Subjects covered include the ethnobotany of plant use in traditional societies, medical and industrial uses of plants, and their domestication and history. Coverage focuses on wild plants and minor crop plants. About half of the citations on EBBD derive from recent data entry and are accurate, and consistently keyworded. Other citations derive from an older dataset and contain obvious spelling errors and inaccuracies.