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CAB International (Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International, CABI, formerly Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau ) is a not-for-profit inter-governmental organisation based in the United Kingdom.
CABI was established in 1910 and is owned by 45 member countries. It has three divisions, each undertaking different activities relating to scientific research. CABI has offices around the world, including USA, Switzerland, Pakistan, Malaysia and Africa. The head office is in Wallingford, England.
Projects and consultancy - CABI undertakes a variety of projects worldwide addressing agricultural and environmental issues. The main areas it focuses on are commodities, invasive species and scientific communication. Specific projects include diagnosing plant and pest problems, developing control methods and teaching farmers best practice in the field. For example, from 1989-2002 CABI participated in the ground-breaking LUBILOSA Programme at Silwood Park where a unique inter-disciplinary team could be set up. This combined the biological control and mycology skills of CABI scientists with (bio)pesticide application (IPARC) and host-pathogen ecology (CPB).
Microbial services - CABI houses a collection of over 28,000 fungi samples from around the world. It uses this resource to carry out microbial identification, preservations, patenting, training and consultancy. CABI's microbial service activities are carried out from their offices and labs in Egham, England. At the beginning of 2009, it was announced that the CABI's fungi samples were to be merged with those of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and held at Kew.
Scientific publishing - The publishing division of CABI helps to fund the scientific research and projects undertaken by the other two divisions. CABI publishes books, abstract databases (such as CAB Direct) and online resources. Subject areas include agriculture, plant sciences, veterinary sciences, environmental science, food, nutrition, and tourism. The publishing division of CABI operates mainly out of the head office in Wallingford, England.
CABI's database Global Health is the only specialist bibliographic, abstracting and indexing database dedicated to public health research and practice. Publications from over 158 countries in 50 languages are abstracted, and all relevant non-English-language papers are translated to give access to research not available through any other database. In 2010, CABI became an official supporting organisation of Healthcare Information For All by 2015 as part of its support to improve availability and use of healthcare information in low-income countries.
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