Location: Corn Insects and Crop Genetics ResearchTitle: An International Bioinformatics Infrastructure to Underpin the Arabidopsis Community Author
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.