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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: THE MAIZE GENETICS AND GENOMICS DATABASE

Location: Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research

Title: An International Bioinformatics Infrastructure to Underpin the Arabidopsis Community)

Author
item Bastow, Ruth
item Beynon, Jim
item Estelle, Mark
item Friesner, Joanna
item Grotewold, Erich
item Lavagi, Irene
item Lindsey, Keith
item Meyers, Blake
item Provart, Nicholas
item Benfey, Philip
item Birney, Ewan
item Braun, Pascal
item Brendel, Volker
item Buell, Robin
item Caccamo, Mario
item Carrington, Jim
item Cherry, Mike
item Ecker, Joseph
item Eppig, Janan
item Forster, Mark
item Gutierrez, Rodrigo
item Hilson, Pierre
item Huala, Eva
item Katari, Manpreet
item Kersey, Paul
item Kudla, Joerg
item Ma, Hong
item Matsui, Minami
item Matthews, Kathy
item May, Sean
item Mayer, Klaus
item Millar, Andrew
item Millar, Harvey
item Mjolsness, Eric
item Mockler, Todd
item Nikolau, Basil
item Nordborg, Magnus
item Rawlings, Chris
item Schofield, Paul
item Schoof, Heiko
item Schroeder, Julian
item Sen, Taner
item Stanzione, Dan
item Town, Chris
item Toyoda, Tetsuro
item Vision, Todd
item Walsh, Sean
item Wang, Xiujie
item Ware, Doreen
item Weckwerth, Wolfram
item Yang, Weicai

Submitted to: The Plant Cell
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/23/2010
Publication Date: 8/31/2010
Citation: Bastow, R., Beynon, J., Estelle, M., Friesner, J., Grotewold, E., Lavagi, I., Lindsey, K., Meyers, B., Provart, N., Benfey, P., Birney, E., Braun, P., Brendel, V., Buell, R., Caccamo, M., Carrington, J., Cherry, M., Ecker, J., Eppig, J., Forster, M., Gutierrez, R., Hilson, P., Huala, E., Katari, M., Kersey, P., Kudla, J., Ma, H., Matsui, M., Matthews, K., May, S., Mayer, K., Millar, A., Millar, H., Mjolsness, E., Mockler, T., Nikolau, B., Nordborg, M., Rawlings, C., Schofield, P., Schoof, H., Schroeder, J., Sen, T.Z., Stanzione, D., Town, C., Toyoda, T., Vision, T., Walsh, S., Wang, X., Ware, D., Weckwerth, W., Yang, W. 2010. An international bioinformatics infrastructure to underpin the Arabidopsis community. The Plant Cell. 22(8):2530-2536.

Interpretive Summary: The future bioinformatics needs of the Arabidopsis community as well as those of other scientific communities including the maize community that depend on Arabidopsis resources were discussed at a pair of recent meetings held by the Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee (MASC) and the North American Arabidopsis Steering Committee (NAASC). The proposal was that there is a need for a single core resource that is integrated into a larger international consortium of investigators. This article outlines the proposal for the development, management, operations, and continued funding for the Arabidopsis resources. Because these resources are used extensively by the maize researchers to compare maize and Arabidopsis systems (the Arabidopsis genome was the first genome that was sequenced), the persistence of these resources will lead to more efficient research in maize to develop improved plant traits.

Technical Abstract: The future bioinformatics needs of the Arabidopsis community as well as those of other scientific communities that depend on Arabidopsis resources were discussed at a pair of recent meetings held by the Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee (MASC) and the North American Arabidopsis Steering Committee (NAASC). There are extensive tools and resources for information storage, curation, and retrieval of Arabidopsis data that have been developed over recent years primarily through the activities of The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR), the Nottingham Arabidopsis Stock Centre (NASC), and the Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center (ABRC), among others. However, the rapid expansion in many data types, the international basis of the Arabidopsis community, and changing priorities of the funding agencies all suggest the need for changes in the way informatics infrastructure is developed and maintained. We propose that there is a need for a single core resource that is integrated into a larger international consortium of investigators. We envision this to consist of a distributed system of data, tools, and resources, accessed via a single information portal and funded by a variety of sources, under shared international management of an International Arabidopsis Informatics Consortium (IAIC). This article outlines the proposal for the development, management, operations, and continued funding for the IAIC.

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