Plant Diversity ›› 2012, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (6): 546-554.DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1143.2012.12142

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Trends of iFlora by Literature and Information Analysis

 YANG  Ya-1, WANG  Yu-Hua-1, DU  Ning-1 , WANG  Chun-Ming-2   

  1. 1 Science and Technology Information Center, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences,
    Kunming 650201, China; 2 Chengdu Branch of National Science Library,
    Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu 610041, China)
  • Received:2012-11-05 Online:2012-12-25 Published:2012-11-09


Advances in networking and information technology are gradually changing our ways of learning, cognition and living. This paper employed the methods of bibliometry and retrieval to analyze research papers and information about DNA barcoding, biodiversity database, DNA sequencing technology and mobile identification devices which are related to iFlora research. The results indicate that: (1) The research field of plant DNA barcoding is expanding, but the exploration of a highresolution DNA barcode and combinations of barcodes is still on the top of the agenda. And integrated studies of plant taxonomy, plant systematics and evolution, ecology, plant diversity etc. are constantly developing; (2) The explosive growth of biodiversity information databases provides the foundation for the accumulation and expansion of knowledge about iFlora; (3) The thirdgeneration sequencing technology has emerged and rapidly developing. The miniaturization of sequencing equipment will soon become feasible; (4) Only a few experimental devices which can assist with the identification of plant species have appeared so far;(5)A cyberinfrastructure collaborative for the plant sciences promote interdisciplinary research and product development. Finally, the paper concludes with a discussion of the iFlora research plan and shows that it is an inevitable trend in future studies on plant diversity.

Key words: Bibliometry, Plant DNA barcoding, Database, iFlora, Research trends

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