Submitted to: Nucleic Acids Research
Publication Type: Peer reviewed journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/3/2006
Publication Date: 1/3/2007
Citation: Lawrence, C.J., Schaeffer, M.L., Seigfried, T.E., Campbell, D.A., Harper, L.C. 2007. MaizeGDB's New Data Types, Resources, and Activities. Nucleic Acids Research. 35:D895-D900. Interpretive Summary: Maize (corn) researchers use MaizeGDB (Maize Genetics and Genomics Database) to find scientific information that will help them to do their work. Described here are some new data that have been added to the database as well as improvements to how the website works and a description of the things that workers at MaizeGDB do to support the informatics needs of the community of maize geneticists. Availability of this information will help researchers to be apprised of the new resources that can be used to further corn improvement.
Technical Abstract: MaizeGDB is the Maize Genetics and Genomics Database. Available at MaizeGDB are diverse data that support maize research including maps, gene product information, loci and their various alleles, phenotypes (both naturally occurring and as a result of directed mutagenesis), stocks, sequences, molecular markers, references, and contact information for maize researchers worldwide. Also available through MaizeGDB are various community support service bulletin boards including the Editorial Board's list of high-impact papers, information about the Annual Maize Genetics Conference, and the Jobs board where employment opportunities are posted. Reported here are data updates, improvements to interfaces, and changes to standard operating procedures that have been made during the past two years. MaizeGDB is freely available and can be accessed online at http://www.maizegdb.org.