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Chinese Journal of Tropical Crops ›› 2019, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (4): 793-806.DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-2561.2019.04.026

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Visual Analysis on the Research Frontiers and Evolution of Natural Rubber

LI Yiping1,CHA Zhengzao2,LI Yuping1,WANG Dapeng2,*()   

  1. 1. Institute of Scientific and Technical Information, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS), Haikou, Hainan 571101, China
    2. Rubber Research Institute, CATAS / Soil and Fertilizer Research Center, CATAS, Haikou, Hainan 571101, China
  • Received:2018-06-26 Revised:2019-01-01 Online:2019-04-15 Published:2019-05-21
  • Contact: Dapeng WANG


CiteSpace was adopted for document co-citation analysis on literatures of natural rubber included by Web of Science from 1988 to 2017. Based on the analysis, research frontier, intellectual foundation and evolution course of this domain were presented in visualization mapping, expecting to provide a scientific base for government decision and industrial development. The results showed that the research frontier was formed on latex allergy, latex-fruit syndrome and natural rubber biosynthesis at early stage, on styrene butadiene rubber or natural macromolecular compounds/ natural rubber nanocomposite at medium term stage, and on nanoparticle/natural rubber nanocomposite, strain-induced crystallization and rubber elongation factor at present stage. The evolution can be divided into four stages: establishment of the research object, development of research instruments or tools, formation of research points sustained by the newly developed techniques and the transferring to knowledge.

Key words: natural rubber, research front, evolution, science mapping, visualization