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.
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