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Trends Plant Sci. 2003 Nov;8(11):517-20.

Zea mays ontology--a database of international terms.

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Department of Agronomy, Curtis Hall, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO 65211-7020, USA. Lesznek@missouri.edu

Abstract

Data retrieval, comprehension and sharing within and between plant-based databases are essential to exploit comparative genomic information to elucidate functional aspects of plant biology and to conduct studies of synteny and homology. However, the functionality is often hampered by the variability of terms used to describe comparable objects. The Zea mays Plant Structure Ontology database is designed to overcome this problem via the provision of a controlled vocabulary that facilitates knowledge sharing. It comprises international botanical terms, references, synonyms, and phylogenetic information and is open-source.

PMID:
14607095
DOI:
10.1016/j.tplants.2003.09.014
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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