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Research database includes three professors from the Plant Physiology Graduate Program at Universidade Federal de Viçosa among the most influential in the world

Published on 20/11/2020

In a recent study published in journal Plos Biology (“Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators" - https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3000918), conducted by a team from Stanford University (USA), the 100,000 most influential scientists in the world were identified. In this study, which used citations from the Scopus database until 2019, two distinct rankings were produced, the first assessing scientists for career-long citation impact, and a second ranking assessing scientists for single-year impact (during 2019). Prof. Fábio DaMatta appears in the two rankings, and Prof. Adriano Nunes-Nesi in the second one. The study also included researchers who are not in the top 100,000 most influential, but are nonetheless within the top 2% most influential in their areas of knowledge; Prof. Wagner Araújo is included in this list.

Amongst almost 7 million scientific careers evaluated, it is an immense satisfaction in having three professors from our Graduate Program included in the above-cited rankings. These facts reveal an opportunity to maintain our scientific motivation with tenacity, seeking to improve the impact of our research and train high quality human resources. It must be also emphasized that these achievements would not have been attained without the effective participation of our Master and PhD students, and colleagues. Collectively, these facts reinforce the strength of our Program, in addition to demonstrating the consolidation of new and old talents, opening up promising perspectives for the formation of a new generation of scientists in the field of Plant Physiology.