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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Changes in the weed seed bank over 9 consecutive years of rice-duck farming


Rice-duck farming (RDF), a form of organic farming, has been widely adopted in rice production in East Asia. In RDF, it is believed that ducks can control weeds effectively. Since the weed seed bank determines the weed community in the following crop, a better understanding of the seed bank could provide useful insights into the long-term effects of RDF adopted for weed control. Nine consecutive years' field experiments were conducted to study the characteristics of the weed seed bank under RDF and evaluate the weed control effect of RDF. After 9 years under RDF, the number of weed species in the weed seed bank declined from 38 to 21 and the density of both the weed seed bank and the above-ground weed decreased by more than 90%. RDF resulted in a more uniform vertical distribution of the weed seed bank both quantitatively and qualitatively. The ecological indices point to a gradual change towards fewer species, lower density, and lower diversity following continued RDF. The dominant species in the weed seed bank shifted from Lindernia procumbens, Mazus japonicus, Cardamine hirsuta, and Alopecurus aequalis at the beginning of this experiment in 1999 to A. aequalis, Rotala indica, M. japonicus, and Cyperus difformis in 2008. The results provide concrete evidence for the efficacy of RDF in depleting the weed seed bank and as a weed management approach without any herbicides. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • CN
  • Nanjing_Agr_Univ (CN)
Data keywords
  • rdf
Agriculture keywords
  • farming
Data topic
  • information systems
  • semantics
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Institutions 10 co-publis
  • Nanjing_Agr_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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