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This is the fourth in the series. Again read the note below about the filler series.*

While technically ‘not only’ from the Islands,  this is by far the most cited paper (760 citations) written with a Philippines address. That address is the International Rice Research Institute. The contributor however is not a Filipino.  I’ll search for the most cited article that is 100% Filipino next time.

The title is:

The map-based sequence of the rice genome
Nature 436, 793-800 (2005).

from IRRI images

As written  in ESI Special Topics, here is what Takuji Sasaki, Vice President National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, Japan, and one of the more than a hundred authors, on why the paper is highly cited:

Rice is the first crop plant to be fully sequenced because of its indispensable importance as a major staple food for about a half of the world population, which is expected to be 1.5-fold of the current number after 50 years. And the rice plant also serves as a reference genome for all cereal crops, such as wheat and corn.

This paper provides a comprehensive synthesis of information about the rice genome, summarizing the results of the sequencing, assembly, and annotation work accomplished by an international team of researchers (the International Rice Genome Sequencing Project, IRGSP).

The project also serves as a model of international collaboration which includes many countries in Asia, Europe, North and South America, and the public availability of data. This kind of collaborative project is more difficult to accomplish when the focus is on a species of economic importance than when it is on a model species that has no direct economic value.

In the case of rice, whereas rice production is vital to the economies of many countries and also to the profits of several private companies, there are competing scientific, economic, and intellectual property rights issues that make it difficult to complete an international sequencing effort.

Here are some of my other filler posts.

Filler 01: What we write about

Filler 02: Who is the most prolific?

Filler 03: Are we being read?

*Because I’ve been lazy and will likely to be lazy in the future,  please welcome my Filler series. This series is intended as a break from reading and writing science, and to deal with numbers (or indicators, whatever that means) in general.  I say numbers since most,  if not all of my Fillers,  will be graphs of general interest to the Philippine science community but whose importance is relative.  Relative because they are nice to look at,  some can conclude somethings about them but are probably worthless to a scientist – no new knowledge will be gained by reading this. Unless of course you want to waste your time on a debate about the state of Philippine science and not do science at all.