DES-TOMATO: A Knowledge Exploration System Focused On Tomato Species

Sci Rep. 2017 Jul 20;7(1):5968. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-05448-0.


Tomato is the most economically important horticultural crop used as a model to study plant biology and particularly fruit development. Knowledge obtained from tomato research initiated improvements in tomato and, being transferrable to other such economically important crops, has led to a surge of tomato-related research and published literature. We developed DES-TOMATO knowledgebase (KB) for exploration of information related to tomato. Information exploration is enabled through terms from 26 dictionaries and combination of these terms. To illustrate the utility of DES-TOMATO, we provide several examples how one can efficiently use this KB to retrieve known or potentially novel information. DES-TOMATO is free for academic and nonprofit users and can be accessed at, using any of the mainstream web browsers, including Firefox, Safari and Chrome.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Genes, Plant
  • Genetic Association Studies
  • Information Storage and Retrieval
  • Knowledge Bases*
  • Lycopersicon esculentum / genetics*
  • Semantics