MaizeGDB becomes ‘sequence-centric

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2009-01-01
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Sen, Taner
Andorf, Carson
Schaeffer, Mary
Harper, Lisa
Sparks, Michael
Duvick, Jon
Brendel, Volker
Cannon, Ethalinda
Campbell, Darwin
Lawrence, Carolyn
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MaizeGDB is the maize research community’s central repository for genetic and genomic information about the crop plant and research model Zea mays ssp. mays. The MaizeGDB team endeavors to meet research needs as they evolve based on researcher feedback and guidance. Recent work has focused on better integrating existing data with sequence information as it becomes available for the B73, Mo17 and Palomero Toluqueño genomes. Major endeavors along these lines include the implementation of a genome browser to graphically represent genome sequences; implementation of POPcorn, a portal ancillary to MaizeGDB that offers access to independent maize projects and will allow BLAST similarity searches of participating projects’ data sets from a single point; and a joint MaizeGDB/PlantGDB project to involve the maize community in genome annotation. In addition to summarizing recent achievements and future plans, this article also discusses specific examples of community involvement in setting priorities and design aspects of MaizeGDB, which should be of interest to other database and resource providers seeking to better engage their users. MaizeGDB is accessible online athttp://www.maizegdb.org.

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This article is from Database 2009 (2009): bap20, doi:10.1093/database/bap020.

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