Recent Topics Posters
Visser, Vernon , Edwards, Erika , Freckleton, Rob , Osborne, Colin .
GrassPortal: an online ecological and evolutionary data facility.
Advances in bioinformatics are allowing scientists to tap the potential benefits of integrating different biological datasets. We present a description of GrassPortal (www.grassportal.org), an internet portal that will integrate the latest information on the distribution, evolutionary history, taxonomy and ecology of the world’s grass species. A comprehensive list of synonyms will allow for accurate integration of data and for users to be certain of the identity of their species of interest. All the datasets are dynamic and represent the most up to date information available. GrassPortal will make it easier to conduct research related to the grasses with a wide array of tools for selecting, refining and downloading data. Grasses arguably represent the most economically important family in the plant kingdom and GrassPortal will be of benefit to a wide audience, including evolutionary ecologists, agricultural scientists, climate change researchers, conservationists and educators. However, with relatively fewer species than most plant families (just over 11,000), the grasses provide a useful test model for biological data integration, and we hope that GrassPortal represents a flagship approach for other groups of organisms.
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1 - University of Sheffield, Animal and Plant Sciences, Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, S Yorkshire, S10 2TN, UK
2 - Brown University, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 80 Waterman St, Box G-W, Providence, RI, 02912, USA
3 - University of Sheffield, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK
Presentation Type: Recent Topics Poster
Location: Hall A/Convention Center
Date: Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Time: 5:30 PM