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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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