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Database (Oxford). 2015 May 15;2015:bav046. doi: 10.1093/database/bav046. Print 2015.

DroughtDB: an expert-curated compilation of plant drought stress genes and their homologs in nine species.

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1
Plant Breeding, Center of Life and Food Sciences Weihenstephan, Technische Universität München, 85354 Freising, Germany, Department of Plant Genome and Systems Biology, Helmholtz Center Munich, German Research Center for Environmental Health, 85764 Neuherberg, Germany and College of Science, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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Plant Breeding, Center of Life and Food Sciences Weihenstephan, Technische Universität München, 85354 Freising, Germany, Department of Plant Genome and Systems Biology, Helmholtz Center Munich, German Research Center for Environmental Health, 85764 Neuherberg, Germany and College of Science, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Plant Breeding, Center of Life and Food Sciences Weihenstephan, Technische Universität München, 85354 Freising, Germany, Department of Plant Genome and Systems Biology, Helmholtz Center Munich, German Research Center for Environmental Health, 85764 Neuherberg, Germany and College of Science, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia k.mayer@helmholtz-muenchen.de.

Abstract

Plants are sessile and therefore exposed to a number of biotic and abiotic stresses. Drought is the major abiotic stress restricting plant growth worldwide. A number of genes involved in drought stress response have already been characterized, mainly in the model species Arabidopsis thaliana and Oryza sativa. However, with the aim to produce drought tolerant crop varieties, it is of importance to identify the respective orthologs for each species. We have developed DroughtDB, a manually curated compilation of molecularly characterized genes that are involved in drought stress response. DroughtDB includes information about the originally identified gene, its physiological and/or molecular function and mutant phenotypes and provides detailed information about computed orthologous genes in nine model and crop plant species including maize and barley. All identified orthologs are interlinked with the respective reference entry in MIPS/PGSB PlantsDB, which allows retrieval of additional information like genome context and sequence information. Thus, DroughtDB is a valuable resource and information tool for researchers working on drought stress and will facilitate the identification, analysis and characterization of genes involved in drought stress tolerance in agriculturally important crop plants. Database URL: http://pgsb.helmholtz-muenchen.de/droughtdb/.

PMID:
25979979
PMCID:
PMC4433318
DOI:
10.1093/database/bav046
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