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Agronomy: PG Reading articles

This guide is intended to help students studying agronomy with basic library skills and how to use information resources

Articles for analysing

Article 1: Ingram, J.S.I., Gregory, P.J. and Izac, A.M., 2008. The role of agronomic research in climate change and food security policy. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment126(1-2), pp.4-12. Available:

Article 2: de Sousa, K., van Etten, J., Poland, J., Fadda, C., Jannink, J.L., Kidane, Y.G., Lakew, B.F., Mengistu, D.K., Pè, M.E., Solberg, S.Ø. and Dell’Acqua, M., 2021. Data-driven decentralized breeding increases prediction accuracy in a challenging crop production environment. Communications biology4(1), p.944. Available:

Article 3: Azman Halimi, R., Barkla, B.J., Andrés‐Hernandéz, L., Mayes, S. and King, G.J., 2020. Bridging the food security gap: an information‐led approach to connect dietary nutrition, food composition and crop production. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture100(4), pp.1495-1504. Available:

Article 4: Gojon, A., Nussaume, L., Luu, D.T., Murchie, E.H., Baekelandt, A., Rodrigues Saltenis, V.L., Cohan, J.P., Desnos, T., Inzé, D., Ferguson, J.N. and Guiderdonni, E., 2023. Approaches and determinants to sustainably improve crop production. Food and Energy Security12(1), p.e369. Available:

Article 5: Guo, Y., Zhao, H., Zhang, S., Wang, Y. and Chow, D., 2021. Modeling and optimization of environment in agricultural greenhouses for improving cleaner and sustainable crop production. Journal of Cleaner Production285, p.124843. Available:

Article 6: Walters, K.J., Behe, B.K., Currey, C.J. and Lopez, R.G., 2020. Historical, current, and future perspectives for controlled environment hydroponic food crop production in the United States. HortScience55(6), pp.758-767. Available:

Article 7: Khalifa, S.A., Elshafiey, E.H., Shetaia, A.A., El-Wahed, A.A.A., Algethami, A.F., Musharraf, S.G., AlAjmi, M.F., Zhao, C., Masry, S.H., Abdel-Daim, M.M. and Halabi, M.F., 2021. Overview of bee pollination and its economic value for crop production. Insects12(8), p.688. Available:

Article 8: Haider, F.U., Wang, X., Farooq, M., Hussain, S., Cheema, S.A., Ul Ain, N., Virk, A.L., Ejaz, M., Janyshova, U. and Liqun, C., 2022. Biochar application for the remediation of trace metals in contaminated soils: Implications for stress tolerance and crop production. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety230, p.113165. Available:

Article 9: Jacobs, A.A., Evans, R.S., Allison, J.K., Garner, E.R., Kingery, W.L. and McCulley, R.L., 2022. Cover crops and no-tillage reduce crop production costs and soil loss, compensating for lack of short-term soil quality improvement in a maize and soybean production system. Soil and Tillage Research218, p.105310. Available:

Article 10: Zhang, F. and Batley, J., 2020. Exploring the application of wild species for crop improvement in a changing climate. Current Opinion in Plant Biology56, pp.218-222. Available:

Annotated bibliography examples

 An annotated bibliography is a bibliography that contains
Citation of the article: Properly formatted according to the chosen citation style
Summary: A concise summary of the article's main points and arguments.
Evaluation: An evaluation of the article's credibility, relevance, and quality of evidence.
Reflection: Personal reflections on how the article contributes to their understanding of the topic or research question.