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An EMBL-EBI training course on the Bioinformatics of Plants and Plant Pathogens, will be held in Hinxton, UK, 23rd-25th June, 2016.

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Workshop on plant variation data, re-sequencing projects and GWAS analyses within transPLANT, hosted at The European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge, UK from 1st July to 3rd July. Click here to apply.

The Grid Computing and Clusters group of Barcelona Supercomputing Center is proud to announce the release of COMPSs version 1.2. A framework for easily implement distributed applications.

This thesis focuses on deriving function from sequence information, with the emphasis on plant sequence data.

A decisions support system to evaluate and recommend the most suitable strategy for genome sequencing and assembly.

Get results from ten different plant genomics databases in a single click.
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Video tutorials

A library of video tutorials.

variation archive

Store, accession and update plant variation data. Now accepting submissions.

Training resources

A collection of training resources from transPLANT related events. Browse the materials.

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The 3rd transPLANT user training workshop will be held in Wageningen, the Netherlands on October 13-14, 2014, focused on the latest developments in the key plant data resources in Europe and how to use them with a special reference to Solanaceae genomes, especially tomato and potato.

The results of a new survey of bioinformatics stakeholders' needs in the field of agronomic research are now available.

Search for genomic resources for plant species of agricultural and scientific importance. Try a sample search...

Genome-scale resequencing is now widespread in plants, to identify variation in natural populations and crop stocks. The transPLANT variation archive has been developed to provide a system for the persistent storage and analysis of variation data from plant species.

MIAPPE - Minimum Information about Plant Phenotyping Experiment

We have created a portal to disseminate our activities in the area of phenotypic data standardisation to serve as a source of information to the phenotyping community:

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An overview of data, resources, tools and pipelines for 'omics datasets within the agricultural sciences.

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We are collecting information about the needs of bioinformaticians in the field of agronomic research. Our goal is to chart the current resource landscape to both coordinate its development and to identify gaps that can be filled by transPLANT.

The survey contains 41 questions. Thanks in advance for your involvement.

The Ensembl Genomes Project, including Ensembl Plants, is pleased to announce release 18 of Ensembl Genomes.

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We are pleased to announce the 2nd transPLANT user training workshop to be held in PoznaƄ, Poland, 27-28 June 2013. The workshop focuses on plant genomics resources with special reference to Triticeae and topics related to standardisation and annotation of plant phenotypic data. We target experimental biologists and plant breeders; no prior informatics training is assumed.

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A Meeting on "Genomes to Germplasm" will be held in INRA, Versailles, France from 28th February - 2nd March 2013.

A press release presenting the research potential and contribution of Polish organizations to R&D and deployment projects financed by DG-INFSO by means of the 7th Framework Programme and the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme.

The Ensembl Genomes Project, including Ensembl Plants, is pleased to announce release 16 of Ensembl Genomes. In this release, new species in Ensembl Plants include Hordeum vulgare (barley), Solanum tuberosum (potato) and Musa acuminata (banana). Improvements on the wheat assembly and the ability to highlight annotations in gene trees have also been released.

Plant breeders, biologists, and bioinformaticians from ten countries, seven US states, and two plant agribusinesses gathered in Corvallis, Oregon, September 13th-15th, 2012 for a Crop Plant Trait Ontology Workshop.

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The goals of the workshop are to develop ontology terms and definitions for the Plant Ontology ( and the Reference Plant Trait Ontology (under development) and applications that utilize those resources.

The ultimate goal is to establish a semantic framework for meaningful cross-species queries across gene expression and phenotype data sets from plant genomics and genetics experiments.

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A workshop focused on triticeae (wheat and barley mainly) data resources and tools, and include tutorials on data access and use from INRA, EBI-EMBL, IPK and MIPS.

This workshop is targeted at (experimental) biologists, breeders, bio-informaticians and all other data users as no prior (informatics) knowledge or skills are required.

We have added a set of homoeologous SNPs between wheat A, B and D genomes using wheat contigs aligned to Brachypodium distachyon as a reference framework, a structural variation dataset for

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A hands-on training workshop in plant pathogenic genomics, focused on the new resource PhytoPath and including coverage of Ensembl Fungi, Ensembl Protists and PHI-base will be held at the EBI in September, aimed at PhD students and post-doctoral researchers who are working on fungal and oomycete-induced disease in plants. Find out more details and register.

Published today in Nature Genetics, Magnus Nordborg and colleagues have produced a high-resolution description of the global pattern of genetic variation in Arabidopsis.

This release of Ensembl Plants includes the newly sequenced Solanum lycopersicum (tomato) genome.

This release of Ensembl Plants includes the genome of Brassica rapa [1].

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A meeting to discuss the potential application of trait and phenotype ontologies to describe agronomic traits in crop plants.

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