RCL: Subjects
AGRICULTURE The Agriculture section reflects the continued and extensive expansion of the literature that covers the fields of agriculture and food science that has taken place since the publication of BCL3. The lists are designed to serve the needs of undergraduates and four-year colleges; there are also items that are specifically aimed at community colleges, which often have specialized programs in such fields as horticulture, food service and technology, and fire technology. Materials included also meet the needs of general audiences as well as students, faculty, and researchers in the subject areas. Many academic programs focus on the broader areas of natural resources, which is now much more interdisciplinary than at the time BCL3 was issued. Publications cover traditional agriculture, conservation, crops and soils, plant biotechnology, entomology, and pest management. Other key subjects are animal science and veterinary medicine, fisheries, forestry, fire management, and rangeland science. The concepts of sustainable agriculture and sustainable forestry were fairly new in the mid- to late-1980s, but have become extremely important since that time. There is a considerable overlap with the fields of environmental science and it was difficult to make a clear distinction. In the interest of making sure no significant works are excluded, we have put in many titles that relate to soil, water, and wildlife conservation, as well as the economic aspects of the environment. For this edition, food science and technology has been incorporated under agriculture since much of it is interrelated; the BCL3 categories based on Library of Congress classes TP and TX are now covered in this section. The classic works in the various sub-disciplines that were in BCL3 are still listed and there are some other retrospective titles, but as a rule, the focus has been on the most important works published after 1988. As much as possible, the latest edition of each title is given. Although some books are out of print, they are included because they are still significant and are heavily cited. When appropriate, electronic equivalents are given as alternate editions. Web sites have been selected based on their currency, reputation of the agencies that created them, and intended audience. Return to Subject List