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Feed databases

Search for databases on feeds and plants.

Mgheni et al., 2013

Chemical composition and nutritional values of feed resources for ruminants: Eastern and Central Africa (ECA) Table for Ruminants 2013

This feed table was generated from the feed resources data base established through the implementation of the project on Establishment of feed resources data base in Eastern and Central Africa implemented in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda from January 2010 to December 2011. It summarizes available information on chemical composition, digestibility and energy values of locally available feed-stuff resources in the region.

September 2, 2019
Online fodder tree database for Europe

Online fodder tree database for Europe

This database contains more than 700 records from 100 tree species that are relevant for European conditions. The database allows selection of individual species, groups of species, and specific nutritional aspects of tree leaves.

July 16, 2019

USDA Food Composition Databases

This website allows you to search the USDA Food Composition Databases: USDA National Nutrient Database and USDA Branded Food Products Database. You can search the database by food item, food group, or manufacturer's name to find the nutrient information for your food items. You can also generate lists of foods sorted by nutrient content.

November 30, 2018

Insects for food and feed

This FAO website aims at providing information (articles, books, proceedings, and videos) on the use and rearing of insects for food and feeds. It gathers information from different initiatives in the world and provides legal updates related to the use of insects. 

March 30, 2016


GLEAM-i (Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model-interactive) is a new, user-friendly tool developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for estimating greenhouse gas emissions in the livestock sector. The GLEAM-i tool can be downloaded from the following address, http://www.fao.org/gleam/resources/en/. The user guide is downloadable below

March 23, 2016
Western Australian Herbarium, 2014. Department of Parks and Wildlife

FloraBase - the Western Australian Flora

FloraBase provides botanical information on all Western Australian vascular plant families, genera and species as well as identification tools, photos, maps, and the collecting details of over 751,805 vouchered herbarium specimens from across the State. 

October 28, 2014
Laswai et al., 2013. ASARECA (Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa), Entebe, Uganda

Chemical and nutritional values of feed resources for ruminants: Eastern and Central Africa feedstuff table for ruminants 2013

This feed table summarizes available information on chemical composition, digestibility and energy values of locally available feed-stuff resources in Eastern and Central Africa. It acts as a guide to proper feeding of animals and is therefore very useful to livestock advisors and progressive farmers.

September 3, 2014
MTT, 2013. MTT Agrifood Research Finland

Finnish feed tables

This web service consists of the Feed tables and nutrient requirements of farm animals used in Finland. It is publised by MTT Agrifood Research Finland based on a mandate from the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The animal species covered include ruminants (cattle, sheep and goats), pigs, poultry (chicken and turkeys), fur animals (fox and mink) and horses. 

January 27, 2014
Dairy One, 2013. Dairy One Cooperative

Dairy One Feed composition library

Cumulative statistics on samples analyzed and compiled by the Dairy One Forage Lab in the United States. It is updated on an annual basis to continually broaden the scope of the database.

November 15, 2013
Brunken et al., 2008. Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

West African plants - A Photo Guide

A photo database containing more than 15,000 photos of identified West African Plants. Photos under creative commons license CC-BY-NC-SA.

August 13, 2013

Multilingual multiscript plant name database

Database of plant names (Latin and vernacular) in 70 languages and 25 scripts.

April 22, 2013

Catalogue of life: higher plants in China

April 22, 2013
CABI, 2013. Wallingford, UK: CAB International

Invasive Species Compendium

The Invasive Species Compendium (ISC) is an encyclopaedic resource that brings together a wide range of different types of science-based information to support decision-making in invasive species management worldwide. It comprises detailed datasheets that have been written by experts, edited by an independent scientific organization, peer reviewed, and enhanced with data from specialist organizations, images, and maps, a bibliographic database and full text articles.

April 2, 2013

Database - OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook

The database of the Agricultural Outlook provides data on commodity markets (supply, commodity balances, prices) from the 70's. Projections towards 2021 are also available.

March 18, 2013
Ecoport, 2013. Ecoport

Ecoport database

A database devoted to inter-disciplinary integration of information to manage biodiversity.

March 12, 2013
FAO, 2013. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


FAOSTAT (FAO) provides time-series and cross sectional data relating to hunger, food and agriculture for approximately 245 countries and 35 regional areas from 1961 through the present.

March 12, 2013
Ecocrop, 2013. FAO, Rome, Italy

Ecocrop database

Ecocrop (FAO) permits the identification and comparison of more than 2300 plant species on environmental requirements in all agro-ecological settings of the world. Textual information also includes a brief description of the species, its use, synonyms, common names and notes. 

February 22, 2013

Tropical plants usable as fodder for rabbits

This survey of scientific literature presents 80 plant species that can be used to feed rabbits in West Africa, including wild plants and cultivated crops (in French).

October 4, 2012
Casteignau, 2004. Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse


Vegetox contains 160 monographs of plants toxic for farm animals or pets, and a image database of 600 photos.

October 4, 2012

FDA Poisonous Plant Database

The Poisonous Plant database provides access to references in the scientific literature describing studies and reports of the toxic properties and effects of plants and plant parts.

October 4, 2012
Cornell University, 2012. Cornell University, Department of Animal Science

Plants poisonous to livestock and other animals

Reference that includes plant images, pictures of affected animals and presentations concerning the botany, chemistry, toxicology, diagnosis and prevention of poisoning of animals by plants and other natural flora (fungi, etc.).

October 4, 2012

GMO Register

The GMO Register is managed by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. Its purpose is to publish information and to receive comments from the public regarding notifications about deliberate field trials and placing on the market of genetically modified organisms.

October 4, 2012
Motooka et al., 2003. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Weeds of Hawaii’s Pastures and Natural Areas; An Identification and Management Guide

These factsheets include a quick visual key to help quickly identify weedy trees, shrubs, vines, herbs and grasses found in Hawaii.

October 4, 2012

Wildland Shrubs of the United States and its Territories: Thamnic Descriptions

Database of wildland shrubs species found in the USA.

October 3, 2012

Silvics of native and exotic trees of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands

October 3, 2012

PROTA: Plant resources of tropical Africa

PROTA is an international, not-for-profit foundation. It intends to synthesize the dispersed information on the approximately 7,000 useful plants of Tropical Africa and to provide wide access to the information through Web databases, Books, CD-Roms and Special Products.

October 3, 2012
Prosea Foundation, 2012. PROSEA Foundation, Bogor, Indonesia

Prosea: Plant resources of South-east Asia

PROSEA (Plant Resources of South East Asia) is an international cooperative program with the main goal of documenting information on plant resources in South East Asia, and making them widely available for use by the education, extension, research and industry sectors as well as for the end users. 

October 3, 2012
AWI et al., 2012. A collaboration between AWI, GRDC, MLA, RIRDC and Dairy Australia

Pastures Australia

The Pasture Selection Tool is a comprehensive guide to Australian pasture species and tool for selecting pasture species suitable for local Australian conditions.

October 3, 2012


NewCROP (New Crops Resource Online Program) is an information-rich site related to crop plants. It is a project of the Purdue University Center for New Crops and Plant Products and is associated with the New Crop Diversification project and the Jefferson Institute.

October 3, 2012
CISEH, 2012. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health and USDA APHIS PPQ


Database of invasive and exotic species of North America. Concerns any species, including its seeds, eggs, spores, or other biological material capable of propagating that species, that is not native to that ecosystem; and whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.

October 3, 2012
FAO, 2012. INPho - Information Network on Post-harvest operations

Post-harvest Compendium

The Post-harvest Compendium (FAO) covers the key issues in post-harvest operations or post-production activities for staples and other food crops. It is designed to provide technical, updated information about how, when and what is done after production of the crops in different communities around the world.

October 2, 2012

Manual of Grasses for North America and Flora North America North of Mexico, volumes 24 and 25

This website covers grass species found in North America north of Mexico. In addition to native species and established introductions, it includes many cultivated species, some introductions that failed to become established, and a few weedy species 

October 2, 2012

GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora

GrassBase include flora style descriptions for all grass species. It can be browsed or used to identify grass species. The synonymy database allows users to find the accepted name, synonyms and distribution for a grass species using any of its synonyms.

October 2, 2012

Fire Effects Information

FEIS (USDA) summarizes and synthesizes research about living organisms in the United States — their biology, ecology, and relationship to fire.

October 2, 2012
ALP, 2008. Agroscope Liebefeld-Posieux

Swiss feed database

The Swiss feed database includes information on more than 600 feeds available in Switzerland including raw materials and fodder.

October 1, 2012
AFZ et al., 2012. Association Française de Zootechnie and Cereopa


FeedBase.com presents technical and economical information on feeds.

October 1, 2012
Starr et al., 2012. HEAR - Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk

Plants of Hawaii

Images of plants found in Hawaii, by Forest & Kim Starr. Part of the Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk (HEAR) project.

October 1, 2012

IPNI - International Plant Names Index

IPNI is a database of the names and associated basic bibliographical details of seed plants, ferns and lycophytes. Its goal is to eliminate the need for repeated reference to primary sources for basic bibliographic information about plant names.

October 1, 2012

GRIN - Germplasm Resources Information Network

GRIN Taxonomy for Plants (USDA) includes all families and genera of vascular plants. More than 50,000 species from throughout the world are represented, especially economic plants and their relatives. Information on scientific and common names, classification, distribution, references, and economic impacts are provided.

August 21, 2012
GISD, 2012. Invasive Species Specialist Group of the IUCN

Global Invasive Species Database

The Global Invasive Species Database covers all taxonomic groups of invasive alien species, from micro-organisms to animals and plants, in all ecosystems. It aims to increase public awareness about introduced species that negatively impact biodiversity, and to facilitate effective prevention and management activities. 

February 16, 2012
FAO, 2012. FAO, Rome, Italy

Grassland Index. A searchable catalogue of grass and forage legumes

The Grassland Index (FAO) contains detailed descriptions of more than 600 grassland species and a linked picture gallery of photos.

January 4, 2012
BVN, 2010. Botany Research and Development Group of Vietnam

Vietnam plant data center

Database about the plant resources of Vietnam. 

July 21, 2010
eFloras, 2010. Harvard University

eFloras, a collection of on-line floras from around the world

Includes floras from Madagascar, Chile, Ecuador, North America, China, Nepal, Pakistan, Taiwan etc.

June 11, 2010
Orwa et al., 2009. World Agroforestry Centre, Kenya

Agroforestree Database: a tree reference and selection guide version 4.0

The Agroforestree Database provides information on the management, use and ecology of a wide range of tree species which can be used in agroforestry.

March 24, 2010

ILDIS World Database of Legumes

ILDIS is an international project which maintains a database of plants in the family Fabaceae (Leguminosae) and provides services to scientists and other people interested in these plants

March 24, 2010
CGIAR, 2009. CGIAR Systemwide Livestock Programme

SSA Feeds - Sub-saharan Africa feed composition database

Web-based software and database that provides information on the nutritive value of 14,571 samples of 459 livestock feeds from 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

March 24, 2010

Famine foods database

Plants that are not normally considered as crops are consumed in times of famine. This website provides insight to potential new food sources that ordinarily would not be considered.

March 24, 2010
Cook et al., 2005. CSIRO, DPI&F(Qld), CIAT and ILRI, Brisbane, Australia

Tropical forages

Tropical Forages is a tool for selecting forage species suitable for local conditions in the tropics and subtropics.

March 24, 2010