STATE OF THE ART OF SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE ON Hancornia speciosa: TRENDS AND GAPS

ESTADO DA ARTE DA LITERATURA CIENTÍFICA SOBRE Hancornia speciosa: TENDÊNCIAS E LACUNAS

LUCIANE MADUREIRA DE ALMEIDA CÁSSIA APARECIDA NOGUEIRA PEDRO PAULINO BORGES ANGÉLICA DAIANE LEMOS DO PRADO PABLO JOSÉ GONÇALVES About the authors

ABSTRACT

The economic and scientific interest in Hancornia speciosa (mangabeira) has been growing in recent years, mainly due to the marketing of fruit and extraction of natural compounds with high pharmacological potential. In this study, a scientometric survey about mangabeira was carried out in order to promote and direct future studies on the species. As a result, low scientific productivity associated with this species was found, with only 131 articles published in the last 69 years. In addition, this study identified some trends in bibliographic production on mangabeira, among them: the increasing number of articles over the years; scientific dissemination in nationwide journals; the main focus of this study is associated with agronomic studies; the experimental approach is more frequent and usually associated with populations of restricted geographical distribution; and the scientific production is mainly from education institutions. Furthermore, this study also allowed the identification of some gaps in knowledge about mangabeira, among them the difficulty in describing and characterizing botanical lines; lack of analysis of the genetic diversity of widely distributed populations; lack of management and conservation projects for the species; lack of description of cultivation, collection and preservation techniques of fruits; and lack of identification of natural compounds responsible for its pharmacological activity. It is expected that the data generated in this study will serve to direct future studies on H. speciosa.

Index terms
mangabeira; native fruit; scientometrics

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