Skip to main content
Michigan State University

Horticulture and Gardening Research Guide: Notable Resources

Horticulture encompasses the studies of flower cultivation (floriculture), fruits (pomology), vegetables (olericulture), ornamental plants, turf/lawns, and landscape architecture. This guide identifies key resources to research these and related topics.

Notable Resources

These are works that can be checked out from the library or are fully available online.

CAST - Council for Agricultural Science and Technology


CAST is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization composed of 38 scientific societies and many individual, student, company, nonprofit, and associate society members. The primary work of CAST is the publication of task force reports, commentary papers and issue papers written by scientists from many disciplines. CAST addresses issues of animal sciences, biotechnology, food sciences and agricultural technology, plant and soil sciences, and plant protection sciences with inputs from economists, social scientists, toxicologists or plant pathologists and entomologists, weed scientists, nematologists, and legal experts. Publications List with abstracts - most documents are free pdfs.

Biological Control of Water Hyacinth 2
Author(s): M H Julien, M W Griffith & J N Stanley
Water hyacinth is widely recognised as the world's worst aquaric weed. Originally exported from its native Amazonia because of its attractive flowers, the species rapidly established and spread throughout tropical, subtropical and warm temperate regions of the world. Water hyacinth forms a dense impenetrable mat across the water surface, limiting access by man, animals and machinery. Navigation and fishing are obstructed, and irrigation and drainage systems become blocked. The consequences are devasting for those communities reliant on water bodies for water, food, sanitation and transport. Programs to control its growth have been initiated in most countries where it occurs. A number of biological control agents have now been introduced into these countries. As so much research has been done, these and other control agents are available and can be introduced into new regions comparatively cheaply.
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. MN079

The Coconut Odyssey: the bounteous possibilities of the tree of life
Mike Foale has spent more than 40 years researching coconuts in the Solomon Islands and elsewhere. This timely publication describes ways in which the full potential of coconut and its benefits may be realised for better health, food and the environment.
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. MN101

Identification of Plants with Fleshy Fruits
Authors: Eugene C. Ogden and Richard S. Mitchell.
Bulletin 467 / New York State Museum
Albany, N.Y. : University of the State of New York, State Education Dept. 1990
[large PDF - 111 pages]

Gardens of Oceania
Author(s): Annie Walter and Vincent Lebot, English translation by Paul Ferrar
Gardens of Oceania summarises available knowledge about numerous food plants with commercial potential, in order to assure the development of an agriculture that can produce a sufficient amount to cope with the formidable population growth while at the same time preserving the Vanuatu environment.
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. MN122

Quality management of fresh produce from the highlands of Papua New Guinea
Author(s): Vincent Haguluha, Ernest Natera [John Spriggs (ed)]
This spiral-bound postharvest manual is a valuable reference for farmers, marketers and extension personnel as they seek to improve the management and marketing of highlands-based fresh produce.
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. MN128

Digital Repositories

Michigan State University