RoBuST: an integrated genomics resource for the root and bulb crop families Apiaceae and Alliaceae

BMC Plant Biol. 2010 Aug 6;10:161. doi: 10.1186/1471-2229-10-161.


Background: Root and bulb vegetables (RBV) include carrots, celeriac (root celery), parsnips (Apiaceae), onions, garlic, and leek (Alliaceae)--food crops grown globally and consumed worldwide. Few data analysis platforms are currently available where data collection, annotation and integration initiatives are focused on RBV plant groups. Scientists working on RBV include breeders, geneticists, taxonomists, plant pathologists, and plant physiologists who use genomic data for a wide range of activities including the development of molecular genetic maps, delineation of taxonomic relationships, and investigation of molecular aspects of gene expression in biochemical pathways and disease responses. With genomic data coming from such diverse areas of plant science, availability of a community resource focused on these RBV data types would be of great interest to this scientific community.

Description: The RoBuST database has been developed to initiate a platform for collecting and organizing genomic information useful for RBV researchers. The current release of RoBuST contains genomics data for 294 Alliaceae and 816 Apiaceae plant species and has the following features: (1) comprehensive sequence annotations of 3663 genes 5959 RNAs, 22,723 ESTs and 11,438 regulatory sequence elements from Apiaceae and Alliaceae plant families; (2) graphical tools for visualization and analysis of sequence data; (3) access to traits, biosynthetic pathways, genetic linkage maps and molecular taxonomy data associated with Alliaceae and Apiaceae plants; and (4) comprehensive plant splice signal repository of 659,369 splice signals collected from 6015 plant species for comparative analysis of plant splicing patterns.

Conclusions: RoBuST, available at, provides an integrated platform for researchers to effortlessly explore and analyze genomic data associated with root and bulb vegetables.

MeSH terms

  • Allium / classification
  • Allium / genetics*
  • Allium / metabolism
  • Apiaceae / classification
  • Apiaceae / genetics*
  • Apiaceae / metabolism
  • Databases, Genetic*
  • Expressed Sequence Tags
  • Genome, Plant / genetics
  • Genomics*
  • Information Storage and Retrieval