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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- 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
Genetic heterozygosity in wild, unmanaged animal populations is often associated with protection against infectious disease. However, little is known about the relationship between heterozygosity and disease susceptibility in domesticated livestock, where disease resistance has the potential to improve animal welfare and productivity. We have investigated whether susceptibility to footrot, an important cause of poor welfare and reduced productivity in sheep, is associated with heterozygosity at 14 candidate microsatellite loci. Heterozygosity at locus BMC5221 was associated with resistance to footrot (P = 0.0034). This locus was selected based on a gene ontology classification of 'response to Gram-negative bacteria'. Sheep homozygous at BMC5221 were at increased risk of virulent footrot (OR = 4.8, 95% CI = 1.5-15.3), with a dose response relationship between homozygosity and disease severity. A highly significant homozygote deficit was observed in sheep without virulent footrot (observed = 4, expected = 21, chi(2) = 13.76, P = 0.0002) but not in sheep that had clinical disease, suggesting homozygotes were disproportionately likely to contract virulent footrot. Our results indicate that genetic heterozygosity might be important for healthy immune function in domesticated livestock. The use of gene ontology codes might prove a useful strategy to target selection of candidate markers in future studies. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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