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Plant Physiology and TAIR partnership will provide genetic information to public database
Date:3/13/2008

as possible. TAIRs goal is to achieve the widest possible coverage of annotations of the genome. However, due to the high number of Arabidopsis-related publications and the relatively small number of TAIR curators, keeping on top of the current literature is difficult. In part, because of the high volume of Arabidopsis papers that Plant Physiology publishes, in 20062007 only about 25% (50/200) of the Arabidopsis papers in the Journal were captured in TAIR.

In May 2007 Sue Rhee, Principal Investigator; Eva Huala, Director of TAIR; and Plant Physiology Editor-in-Chief Don Ort conceived the idea of Plant Physiology partnering with TAIR to increase the curation of Arabidopsis gene function data from the Journal to as close to 100% as possible. The concept behind this is simple: once a manuscript has been accepted, the author submits all the relevant gene information to Plant Physiology, which will then submit the information in bulk to TAIR for vetting and addition to the database. A link to a web-based interface will be included in the manuscript provisional acceptance letter; this is anticipated to make it even easier for authors to submit their Arabidopsis gene function data to TAIR.

All parties benefit from this interaction. Since TAIR shares its information with larger databases such as the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and the Gene Ontology (GO), both Plant Physiology and its authors gain greater visibility in the research community by having their data available from all these resources. TAIR gains by sharing the load of capturing all this valuable data with the authors themselves. The biggest beneficiary of this partnership is the entire plant science community through access to increased gene annotation information. Both TAIR and Plant Physiology are enthusiastic about this project and think it will be a successful partnership that other biological databases and journals can emulate to increase the flow of information and
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Contact: Tanya Berardini
tberardini@arabidopsis.org
650-325-1521
American Society of Plant Biologists
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