Models and orphans; concentration of the plant molecular life science research agenda

  • Jonkers K
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Abstract

This article explores the concentration in the global plant molecular
life science research output. In the past 15 years, especially the share
of articles which refer to the model organism A. thaliana has increased
rapidly. Citation analyses show an even greater rise in the importance
of this organism. Attempts are discussed to come to a scientometric
definition of model organisms. For this purpose a comparison is made
with applied microbiology. However, few shared scientometric
characteristics were found which could help characterise model
organisms. A distinction between major economic organisms and model
organisms will therefore continue to rely on qualitative data.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Concentration
  • Model organism
  • Orphan crops
  • Plant science

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