The banana genome hub.

TitleThe banana genome hub.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsDroc, Gaëtan, Larivière Delphine, Guignon Valentin, Yahiaoui Nabila, This Dominique, Garsmeur Olivier, Dereeper Alexis, Hamelin Chantal, Argout Xavier, Dufayard Jean-François, Lengelle Juliette, Baurens Franc-Christophe, Cenci Alberto, Pitollat Bertrand, D'Hont Angélique, Ruiz Manuel, Rouard Mathieu, and Bocs Stéphanie
JournalDatabase : the journal of biological databases and curation
Date Published2013

Banana is one of the world's favorite fruits and one of the most important crops for developing countries. The banana reference genome sequence (Musa acuminata) was recently released. Given the taxonomic position of Musa, the completed genomic sequence has particular comparative value to provide fresh insights about the evolution of the monocotyledons. The study of the banana genome has been enhanced by a number of tools and resources that allows harnessing its sequence. First, we set up essential tools such as a Community Annotation System, phylogenomics resources and metabolic pathways. Then, to support post-genomic efforts, we improved banana existing systems (e.g. web front end, query builder), we integrated available Musa data into generic systems (e.g. markers and genetic maps, synteny blocks), we have made interoperable with the banana hub, other existing systems containing Musa data (e.g. transcriptomics, rice reference genome, workflow manager) and finally, we generated new results from sequence analyses (e.g. SNP and polymorphism analysis). Several uses cases illustrate how the Banana Genome Hub can be used to study gene families. Overall, with this collaborative effort, we discuss the importance of the interoperability toward data integration between existing information systems. Database URL:

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