Current research in biotechnology: Exploring the biotech forefront

Andy Wai Kan Yeung, Nikolay T. Tzvetkov, Vijai K. Gupta, Subash C. Gupta, Gorka Orive, Günther K. Bonn, Bernd Fiebich, Anupam Bishayee, Thomas Efferth, Jianbo Xiao, Ana Sanches Silva, Gian Luigi Russo, Maria Daglia, Maurizio Battino, Ilkay Erdogan Orhan, Ferdinando Nicoletti, Michael Heinrich, Bharat Bhushan Aggarwal, Marc Diederich, Maciej Banach, Wolfram Weckwerth, Rudolf Bauer, George Perry, Edward A. Bayer, Lukas A. Huber, Jean-Luc Wolfender, Robert Verpoorte, Francisco A. Macias, Michael Wink, Marc Stadler, Simon Gibbons, Alejandro Cifuentes, Elena Ibanez, Gérard Lizard, Rolf Müller, Michael Ristow, Atanas G. Atanasov

Biotechnology is an evolving research field that covers a broad range of topics. Here we aimed to evaluate the latest research literature, to identify prominent research themes, major contributors in terms of institutions, countries/regions, and journals. The Web of Science Core Collection online database was searched to retrieve biotechnology articles published since 2017. In total, 12,351 publications were identified and analyzed. Over 8500 institutions contributed to these biotechnology publications, with the top 5 most productive ones scattered over France, China, the United States of America, Spain, and Brazil. Over 140 countries/regions contributed to the biotechnology research literature, led by the United States of America, China, Germany, Brazil, and India. Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering was the most productive journal in terms of number of publications. Metabolic engineering was among the most prevalent biotechnology study themes, and Escherichia coli and Saccharomyces cerevisiae were frequently used in biotechnology investigations, including the biosynthesis of useful biomolecules, such as myo-inositol (vitamin B8), monoterpenes, adipic acid, astaxanthin, and ethanol. Nanoparticles and nanotechnology were identified too as emerging biotechnology research themes of great significance. Biotechnology continues to evolve and will remain a major driver of societal innovation and development.

Functional and Evolutionary Ecology, Large-Instrument Facility for Mass Spectrometry in Life Sciences, Department of Pharmacognosy
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Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, University College London, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Medizinische Universität Innsbruck, Leiden University, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, University of Hong Kong, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS), Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Tallinn University of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, University of the Basque Country, Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, ADSI - Austrian Drug Screening Institute GmbH, VivaCell Biotechnology GmbH, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), University of Macau, National Institute for Agricultural and Veterinary Research (INIAV), National Research Council, Avellino, Università degli studi di Napoli Federico II, Universidad de Vigo, Gazi University, Università degli Studi di Catania, Inflammation Research Center, Seoul National University (SNU), Medical University of Lodz, University of Texas, San Antonio, Weizmann Institute of Science, Université de Genève, University of Cádiz, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung, Institute of Food Science Research CIAL (UAM-CSIC), Université Bourgogne - Franche-Comté, Deutsches Zentrum für Infektionsforschung, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS)
Current Research in Biotechnology
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Austrian Fields of Science 2012
404001 Agricultural biotechnology, 208003 Environmental biotechnology
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Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
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