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.
You can access and play with the graphs:
- Evolution of the number of publications between 2005 and 2015
- Map of most publishing countries between 2005 and 2015
- Network of country collaborations
- Network of institutional collaborations (+10 publications)
- Network of keywords relating to data - Link
Vavilov (1935) described the primary and secondary centers of origin of cultivated plants after an extensive expedition around the world. In 1971, Jack Harlan proposed his own view and in 1992 refined his theory of origin of cultivated crops based on 'Biomes'. Different vegetable crops originated from different ecosystems. However, over the years due to the movement of human beings, animals, weather and wind currents, vegetable crops have moved into a variety of ecosystems. Nevertheless the wild progenitors of these vegetables could be found in their primary centers of origin. Agriculture changed from nomadic to subsistence and then to agribusiness and sophisticated 'pharming'. In the past decade or two, due to the rapid advances in science and technology, particularly in food, nutrition, health and biochemistry, human beings are more aware of health and longevity. Nutraceutical crops are getting recognition and they are mobilized globally for production and use. Pepper, chilies, tomatoes, crucifers have moved in the past. Currently, crops like okra, bitter gourd, moringa, amaranthus, ribbed gourd, cluster bean, mungbean are moving globally from their indigenous locations. International agricultural centers like AVRDC, IPGRI, ICRISAT, IFPRI are playing a pivotal role in this evolution. In the future, the current biotechnological research, computer and information technology, convenient fast foods and supermarkets will play a major role in bringing minor indigenous vegetables around the globe. Consumers' health consciousness will stimulate the agribusiness to move in this direction. The demand for nature-made medicines and pharmaceutical products will dictate the choice of crops. The demand for natural energy sources will hunt crops for biofuels. Presently the world is primarily concerned with conserving the biodiversity preservation of major food crops. It is extremely important to focus also to preserve the biodiversity of indigenous vegetables, which may not stand a chance to survive the onslaught of human development.
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