1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
Jointly develop and manage a publicly accessible cotton database for the purpose of preserving and disseminating information that contributes to an increased understanding and improvement of cotton.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
A cotton database, developed and maintained by Mainlab Bioinformatics or other mutually acceptable organization, will be jointly managed and supported by Cotton Incorporated and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). All technical efforts involving the development and maintenance of the database will be the responsibility of the contracted organization. Cotton Incorporated and the ARS will jointly identify the data base needs of the research community, and determine the content and functionality of the database. Cotton Incorporated and the ARS will work with the research community to establish a committee whose role will be to assist in database oversight activities and provide guidance and feedback as to its content and functions.
The goal of this project is to jointly develop and manage a publicly accessible cotton database for the purpose of preserving and disseminating information that will contribute to an increased knowledge and improvement of cotton. In FY 2013, the newly merged database CottonGen continued the work to increase its access, functionality, and content. The new versions of CottonGen (versions 0.9 and 1.0) were released via presentations at meetings of the International Cotton Genome Initiative, Beltwide Cotton Improvement Conference, and the Plant and Animal Genome Conference. The newly entered data included the first published cotton (Gossypium raimondii) genome sequence and its annotation, several published genome maps, and numerous additional molecular genomic data (QTL traits, EST genes, DNA markers, and breeding records). The increased functionality included a new search site for quantitative trait loci and for cotton publications. As work under this project continues, the CottonGen database will be improved and significant new data added, and CottonGen will increase in its importance and accessibility to breeders and other cotton researchers in improving the crop.