Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: August 15, 2007
Publication Date: May 23, 2008
Citation: Grant, D.M., Nelson, R., Graham, M.A., Shoemaker, R.C. 2008. Bioinformatic resources for soybean genetic and genomic research. In: Stacey, Gary, editor. Genetics and Genomics of Soybean. New York, New York. Springer. p. 141-162. Technical Abstract: In the last 10 years, soybean researchers have produced huge amounts of sequence-based data. The molecular genetic map has expanded to include over 2,000 RFLP, RAPD, SSR and SNP markers. Over a thousand QTL have been mapped representing ~90 agronomically important traits. Over 350,000 Expressed Sequence Tags (ESTs) have been generated from a wide range of soybean tissues and treatments. Soybean researchers have used these EST sequences to generate macro- and microarrays to analyze the expression of thousands of genes. Genome sequences are being released on almost a daily basis from the whole genome shotgun sequence of soybean. All of these data represent a challenge to the soybean research community to store, display and utilize. This chapter focuses on the bioinformatic resources available to the soybean community to analyze genetic, physical map, EST, microarray and whole genome sequence data.