Use the above search field to access over 30 years of production and environmental research in the form of annual reports, updates-proceedings, and posters. To search for documents in the Almond Board Research Database, type a search term into the search box above. Searches can be performed by keyword or project ID (see "Types of Searches" below). Click on the 'Search' button to begin your search. The search engine will retrieve a list of all pertinent Almond Board-funded research with the most recent at the top.
Annual Reports are full length reports which include objectives, interpretive summary, methods, results, and discussion of ABC-funded research projects.
Updates (formerly known as Proceedings) are summaries of ABC-funded research projects. The most recent (2010 - present) include objectives, background, and discussion, along with where to find more information.
Posters are used by researchers at the annual Almond Conference to visually explain ABC-funded research to a wide audience. Posters generally include images, tables, and graphs that support and explain research findings. Posters are available for 2010 – present.
Types of Searches
This method is best used for topical searches. Searches for a keyword, subject area, lead researcher(s) name(s), or general topics can be performed by typing the applicable search term(s) into the search field and clicking 'search'. Results will be displayed with the most recent research at the top. Consult the "Refining Your Search" section below to help select the best search term(s) and narrow your search results if necessary.
Search by Project ID
This method is best suited for searches seeking more information (older or more recent
research, different research format, etc.) on a particular ABC-funded research project.
Project IDs2 for ABC-funded research are seen in the Research Update (formerly
Proceedings), Annual Report CD, and research posters all available annually at The
Almond Conference (see the notation indicated with a 2 below for more information on
how to decode project IDs). Please note that the current project ID format is for 2006 –
present. Before that a less descriptive naming convention was used.
Using the following project ID1 as an example (11-AIR8-Kendall), tailor your specific searches following the bullet point examples below.
To search for all research formats for a particular year of research, search the following term (based on the project ID example above): 11-AIR8. This method will pull up all available research for that project from the year indicated in the project ID.
To search for all research that has been generated by a particular project search the following term (based on the project ID example above): AIR8
. This method will display all available research for that project for all years funded.
Refining Your Search
For best results, integrate the following search tips:
Text Case: The search engine is not case-sensitive. A search in all caps or all lower case will return the search phrase or word, regardless of case.
Wildcard Symbol (Asterisk): If you are unsure of the correct spelling, or if you want to retrieve all forms of the word (including plural), type * (wildcard symbol), after a portion of the word (at least three letters). For example, typing almo* will yield all references to almond. Typing parasi* will result in a list including parasite, parasitic, parasites, parasitosis, and others. Note: You cannot begin a search with a wildcard. Typing *grass will yield a non-valid search result.
Quoted Text: To find an exact reference, insert double quotes around your entry. Example: "apis mellifera caucasica". Note: Wildcards are not allowed in quoted text.
Boolean Searches: Create specific relationships among keywords or phrases by using brackets and other commands: OR, NOT, AND, and NEAR. You can combine your search words using these operators. Use parentheses (nesting) to further refine your search by creating sets. For example, a search for (A or B) and (C or D) finds all pages that contain either A or B AND either C or D. Double quotation marks to search on exact phrases are also valid.
Results Sort Options: The default sort option is well suited for a keyword search. This option displays research results in chronological order. Grouped sorting is available by clicking the dropdown menu beneath the blue bar on search results page and selecting “ProjectNumber”. This will group project IDs together in the search results listing so that the project’s annual report, update, and poster are displayed together.
Search Filters: Utilize the filters in the left-hand column of the search results page. Clicking on appropriate refinements can narrow your search and yield better results. It is possible to refine by project number (ID)2, report type, lead researcher, and year.
Search filters will remain engaged if you search a new term in the search field (using the grey ‘Search’ button). To conduct a new search without filters, click the blue ‘<< Home/New Search’ link below the search field. Additionally filters can be disengaged individually by clicking the red next to the refinement (top of left hand column) or clicking the ‘Clear all refinements’.
When searching by project number, be sure to include the dashes as indicated. These are part of the
project’s ID. Note: 2011 ABC-funded research materials utilized dots in the Project ID instead of dashes. If
searching for a 2011 project, please replace the (.) with (-) for optimal search results.
Project IDs decoded: Project numbers can be found in the PDF of the search result, but also easily seen
in the green path name at the bottom of each search result. Example: /PR/P.2012.11-AIR8-Kendall.Kendall.Lifecycle Assessment of Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions for
Almond Production in California.pdf
The project number can be broken down as follows: /PR/
is the library name, P
indicates poster (as opposed to A – annual report, U – research update/
indicates the year of the report. 11
indicates the year the project was funded –
indicates the project is categorized under Air Quality research3, the 8th project, and Kendall
the lead researcher. This is followed by the project title - Lifecycle Assessment of Energy and Greenhouse
Gas Emissions for Almond Production in California
Almond Board-funded production and environmental research projects are divided into the following
categories and indicated by the abbreviations defined below. Note: These categories only apply for
2006 – present; prior to that you will notice a less descriptive naming convention.