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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Profiling of the yak skeletal muscle tissue gene expression and comparison with the domestic cattle by genome array


Of all the mammals of the world, the yak lives at the highest altitude area of more than 3000 m. Comparison between yak and cattle of the low-altitude areas will be informative in studying animal adaptation to higher altitudes. To investigate the molecular mechanism involved in meat quality differences between the two Chinese special varieties Qinghai yak and Qinchuan cattle, 12 chemical-physical characteristics of the longissimus dorsi muscle related to meat quality were compared at the age of 36 months, and the gene expression profiles were constructed by utilizing the bovine genome array. Significant analysis of microarrays was used to identify the differentially expressed genes. Gene ontology and pathway analysis were performed by a free Web-based Molecular Annotation System 2.0. The results reveal similar to 11 000 probes representing about 10 000 genes that were detected in both the Qinghai yak and Qinchuan cattle. A total of 1922 genes were shown to be differentially expressed, 633 probes were upregulated and 1259 probes were downregulated in the muscle tissue of Qinghai yak that were mainly involved in ubiquitin-mediated proteolysis, muscle growth regulation, glucose metabolism, immune response and so on. Quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) was performed to validate some differentially expressed genes identified by microarray. Further analysis implied that animals living at a high altitude may supply energy by more active protein catabolism and glycolysis compared with those living in the plain areas. Our results establish the groundwork for further studies on yaks' meat quality and will be beneficial in improving the yaks' breeding by molecular biotechnology.

  • CN
  • NW_Agr_&_Forest_Univ (CN)
Data keywords
  • ontology
Agriculture keywords
  • cattle
Data topic
  • big data
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Institutions 10 co-publis
  • NW_Agr_&_Forest_Univ (CN)
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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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