e-infrastructure Roadmap for Open Science in Agriculture

A bibliometric study

The e-ROSA project seeks to build a shared vision of a future sustainable e-infrastructure for research and education in agriculture in order to promote Open Science in this field and as such contribute to addressing related societal challenges. In order to achieve this goal, e-ROSA’s first objective is to bring together the relevant scientific communities and stakeholders and engage them in the process of coelaboration of an ambitious, practical roadmap that provides the basis for the design and implementation of such an e-infrastructure in the years to come.

This website highlights the results of a bibliometric analysis conducted at a global scale in order to identify key scientists and associated research performing organisations (e.g. public research institutes, universities, Research & Development departments of private companies) that work in the field of agricultural data sources and services. If you have any comment or feedback on the bibliometric study, please use the online form.

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Bovine hepatic differential gene expression in response to perennial ryegrass staggers


'Perennial ryegrass staggers' is a neurological condition characterised by muscular tremors and ataxia in livestock that ingest the indole diterpene lolitrem B from endophyte-infected perennial ryegrass. While the neurotoxic mechanism of action of ryegrass staggers has been defined, little is known about metabolic and other molecular processes that lolitrem B may affect in livestock. The objective of this study was to characterise differential gene expression in the liver of animals fed lolitrem B-containing feed over an extended period of time. Eighteen steers were fed one of three rations (n=6/group) containing lolitrem B (247, 1,554 or 2,256 mu g/kg (dry matter basis)) over 64 days in a double-blind study. Microarray and confirmatory qPCR were performed to evaluate the hepatic gene expression profile from biopsies taken on days 0 and 64. Widespread perturbation of gene expression was observed in all groups receiving lolitrem B, with a total of 152 differential genes identified (false discovery rate <= 0.05). This suggests that chronic exposure to lolitrem B, even at levels below the current threshold of toxicity (2,000 mu g/kg lolitrem B), can perturb many genes, biological processes and pathways. Gene ontology and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes pathway analyses indicated that many of these genes were categorised under lipid/steroid biosynthesis/metabolism and oxidation-reduction. Specifically, genes involved in the biosynthesis pathway of ceramide, a sphingolipid molecule (ACSS2, LASS6 and SCD) and changes in neurosignaling through alteration of nitric oxide synthase activity (ARG1 and GPX4) were up-regulated. Future work should focus on the overall balance between ceramide and its metabolites and antioxidants/oxidants in a variety of body matrices in animals with perennial ryegrass staggers, to determine how these compounds contribute to the overall etiology of this disease.

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  • Oregon_State_Univ (US)
Data keywords
  • ontology
Agriculture keywords
  • cattle
  • livestock
Data topic
  • information systems
  • semantics
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Institutions 10 co-publis
  • Oregon_State_Univ (US)
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e-ROSA - e-infrastructure Roadmap for Open Science in Agriculture has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730988.
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