Submitted to: Nucleic Acids Research
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/19/2008
Publication Date: 1/11/2009
Citation: Canaran, P., Buckler Iv, E.S., Glaubitz, J., Stein, L., Sun, Q., Zhao, W., Ware, D. 2009. Panzea: An Update on New Content and Features. Nucleic Acids Research. 36:D1041-D1043. Interpretive Summary: We present an update on Panzea (http://www.panzea.org), the public web site of the project “Molecular and Functional Diversity in the Maize Genome”. In the past two years, the project has generated significant amount of genotype data, developed a number of new web-based tools display this information, enhanced existing functionality and made available new informational sections as part of our educational and outreach efforts. The update communicates these improvements to the scientific community.
Technical Abstract: Panzea (http://www.panzea.org), the public web site of the project “Molecular and Functional Diversity in the Maize Genome,” has expanded over the past two years in data content, display tools and informational sections. The most significant data content expansions occurred for the single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), sequencing, isozyme and phenotypic data types. We have enhanced our existing web display tools and have launched a number of new tools for data display and analysis. For example, we have implemented one that allows users to find polymorphisms between two accessions, a geographic map tool to visualize the geographic distribution of SNPs, simple sequence repeats (SSRs) and isozyme alleles, and a graphical view of the placement of Panzea markers and genes/loci on genetic and physical maps. One goal of the informatics component of our project has been to generate code that can be used by other groups. We have enhanced our existing code base and have made our new tools available. Finally, we have also made available new informational sections as part of our educational and outreach efforts.