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The Kew Bibliographic Databases was 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.
The Kew Bibliographic Databases is discontinued as a project,
and no longer offers an enquiry service.
The data is now static and available for use here.
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
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.
Plant Micromorphology Bibliography
The database supported all of the Kew Micromorphology Group 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.
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 are accurate, and consistently keyworded.
Other citations derive from an older dataset and contain obvious spelling errors and inaccuracies.
Kew Bibliographic Databases directory content
|-- README.txt This document
|-- Database diagram Entity-relationship diagram of the original Kew Bibliographies database
|-- Data A directory containing the full Kew Bibliographies in CSV files
The Kew Bibliographic Databases data are released under the Creative Commons
Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license
If you wish to cite information from The Kew Bibliographic Databases, please do so in the following format:
"Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
The Kew Bibliographic Database
Published on http://sftp.kew.org/pub/data-repositories/bibliographies/ [accessed day, month, year; time]"