The database has been developed with an objective to facilitate access to current research findings and development in the field of Mycorrhiza and promote research among scientists, agriculturists, mycorrhizologists and students. It contains bibliographic information and abstracts on mycorrhiza related literature and has over 4000 classified references published since 2004 from national and international journals.
Classification of Literature
Each reference in the database has been assigned with one of the six categories of mycorrhiza, viz.,
Under each category, the references in the database have been assigned with one or more of the 15 broad subjects, such as
Majority of these broad subjects is further divided into relevant sub subjects to make the data retrieval as much specific as possible. Additionally, each record has been included with the name of the country, organisms and hosts relevant to mycorrhiza (with which the work has been done), and the year. Two to five different combinations of search are made possible for specific information retrieval for the following two categories of groups.
(i) Scientists who are actively engaged in mycorrhiza research will be able to retrieve information on a specific aspect of mycorrhiza research. This will keep them not only abreast with latest research being done in that particular field but will also help them to avoid duplication and formulate projects for conducting original research. The database will also make the latest literature available to the Indian Scientists which other wise is usually beyond their reach due to high cost of both Indian and foreign journals.
(ii) Information professionals who are engaged in gathering information would be able to retrieve information on the status of mycorrhiza research on a particular host with a particular fungus in a country or worldwide in a particular year.
To elucidate on the above point, if a scientist intends to retrieve information on any subsubject of the broad subject, i.e., under the broad subject 'soil plant relations', effect of soil moisture (sub subject) on the development of VA mycorrhiza, the following entries will be combined to retrieve the above information:
CATEGORY 2 (VA mycorrhiza) [AND] SUBJECT (Soil plant relations) [AND] SUB-SUBJECT
(Soil moisture). Thus the combination would be VA mycorrhiza AND Soil plant relations AND
Soil moisture = Result
The aim of the database is, therefore, that the scientists working on mycorrhiza can obtain information at macro level on broad subjects under a particular category of mycorrhiza or on a specific topic of research on which they may formulate their projects. This will keep them not only abreast with latest research being done in that particular field but will also help them to avoid duplication and formulate projects for conducting original research.