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. 2016 Feb 15;12:15.
doi: 10.1186/s13007-016-0115-9. eCollection 2016.

LEAFDATA: A Literature-Curated Database for Arabidopsis Leaf Development

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LEAFDATA: A Literature-Curated Database for Arabidopsis Leaf Development

Dóra Szakonyi. Plant Methods. .
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Background: In the post-genomic era, biological databases provide an easy access to a wide variety of scientific data. The vast quantity of literature calls for curated databases where existing knowledge is carefully organized in order to aid novel discoveries. Leaves, the main photosynthetic organs are not only vital for plant growth but also essential for maintaining the global ecosystem by producing oxygen and food. Therefore, studying and understanding leaf formation and growth are key objectives in biology. Arabidopsis thaliana to this date remains the prime experimental model organism in plant science.

Description: LEAFDATA was created as an easily accessible and searchable web tool to assemble a relevant collection of Arabidopsis leaf literature. LEAFDATA currently contains 13,553 categorized statements from 380 processed publications. LEAFDATA can be searched for genes of interest using Arabidopsis Genome Initiative identifiers, for selected papers by means of PubMed IDs, authors and specific keywords. The results page contains details of the original publications, text fragments from the curated literature grouped according to information types and direct links to PubMed pages of the original papers.

Conclusions: The LEAFDATA database offers access to searchable entries curated from a large number of scientific publications. Due to the unprecedented details of annotations and the fact that LEAFDATA already provides records about approximately 1600 individual loci, this database is useful for the entire plant research community.

Keywords: Arabidopsis thaliana; Database; Leaf development; Manual literature curation.


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LEAFDATA home. Four key search tools, a summary of the database content, a news section connected to an active Twitter account and a contact form can be reached from the LEAFDATA main page
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LEAFDATA result page. AGI search for AT5G60690 was performed. Records are organized according to information types and publications with direct links to the PubMed collection

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