Menu
Biology articles
The Golden Goose Is Awarded
Salmonella Strain Spreads Alongside HIV
Fair Flu Viruses Closely Matched
Creative Emulsification
Inflammation for Regeneration
Editor's choice in microbiology
Debate Over Stem Cell Effectiveness
Editor's choice in molecular biology
Telomeres Affect Gene Expression
Re-sensitizing Resistant Bacteria
Vitamin C Slays TB Bacteria
Plant scientists, innovators
The First Plant Interactome
Plant RNAs Found in Mammals
Opinion: Beyond the Model
Sweet and Sour Science
Plant RNA Paper Questioned
Flower Barcodes
Microbial Perfume
How Plants Feel
New Databases Harvest a Rich Bounty of Information on Crop Plant Metabolism
Carnegie Institution for Science Receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant
Genetically engineered trees could help restore devastated American chestnut
Evolution coup: study reveals how plants protect their genes
  Private Support Helps Public Plant Research
The private sector and an Austrian research institute are chipping in to help support one of the most widely used public biological databases in the world. Although the majority of funding continues to come from the National Science Foundation, The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) database is now receiving support from other organizations as well. Almost 40,000 researchers worldwide use it monthly to study everything from crop engineering and alternative energy sources to human disease. Although Arabidopsis thaliana is an experimental plant, it shares many of its genes and basic biological processes with other species of plants and animals including humans.

Two corporations have recently signed on as TAIR sponsors: Dow AgroSciences and most recently Syngenta Biotechnology Inc.

“Dow AgroSciences is very pleased to support the important work of TAIR. The resources provided by TAIR create an essential link for both the public and private research community that is instrumental to solving some of our industry’s greatest challenges,” remarked D. Ry Wagner, Global New Ventures and Technology Leader for Dow AgroSciences.

“As a leader in plant biotechnology research, Syngenta continues to benefit from the Arabidopsis Information database,” said Roger Kemble, head of Crop Genetics Research at Syngenta Biotechnology. “We want to help ensure this valuable resource will be there in the future.”

In addition to the two corporations, the Gregor Mendel Institute (GMI), a public research institute affiliated with the Austrian Academy of Sciences, has also recently contributed to the support of TAIR. “We use TAIR on a daily basis, our databases connect to it, and we consider it an essential resource for plant biology research,” commented Dr. Magnus Nordborg, GMI’s scientific director.

TAIR’s efforts to provide high quality data to researchers are centered on extraction of experimental gene function data from published research articles and improving the accuracy and completeness of the Arabidopsis genome annotation. The freely available TAIR website provides access to data on genes, clones, markers, mutant genes, proteins, publication protocols, DNA and seed stock information and more, and receives over 20 million page views annually from around the world.

“These contributions will have a significant impact on our ability to maintain the high quality datasets researchers depend on,” remarked Eva Huala, principal investigator and director of TAIR at Carnegie’s Department of Plant Biology. “Diversifying our sources of funding will make it easier to sustain TAIR over the long term. We’re very pleased that there is interest in corporate sponsorship from the private sector and we hope to see more in the coming months.”

TAIR is produced by the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Plant Biology in Stanford, California. TAIR collaborates with the Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center (ABRC) to allow researchers to search and order stocks.
Plants Put Limit on Ice Ages
Carnegie donates landmark clones to biology
Plants on Steroids: Key Missing Link Discovered
Gene Function Discovery: Guilt by Association
Cracking the Plant-Cell Membrane Code
Private Support Helps Public Plant Research
Scientists Watch Cell-Shape Process for First Time
How plants choose their mates
Mastermind Steroid Found in Plants
Unlocking the secrets of a plant’s light sensitivity
Nailing down a crucial plant signaling system
What makes a plant a plant?
New component of a plant steroid-activated pathway discovered
Big Boost to Plant Research
The Heart of the Plant
New tool offers unprecedented access for root studies
Steroids control gas exchange in plants
Plant toughness: Key to cracking biofuels?
Amoeba may offer key clue to photosynthetic evolution
The future of plant science – a technology perspective
Plant research funding crucial for the future
Wolf B. Frommer Receives Bogorad Award for Excellence in Plant Biology
Lighting up the plant hormone “command system”
Plant organ development breakthrough
Breakthrough: How salt stops plant growth
New Cancer Diagnostic Technique Debuts
Plant Science Could Ease Global Food and Fuel Demands
Have you had your cereal today?
Menu
Researchers close in on engineering recognizable, drug-free Cannabis plant
UC Riverside Researchers Develop Genetic Map for Cowpea
New research shows how mobile DNA survives—and thrives—in plants, animals
Cucumber Genome Published
Structural study at EMBL reveals how plants respond to water shortages
“Safety Valve” Protects Photosynthesis from Too Much Light
Weeds Could Help To Feed The World
Antagonistic Genes Control Rice Growth
Making New Enzymes to Engineer Plants for Biofuel Production
Green Plant Transport Mystery Solved
Gene Discovery To Increase Biomass Needed For Green Fuel
Are genes our destiny?
New African cassava resists devastating viruses
Species richness and genetic diversity do not go hand in hand in alpine plants
Scientists discover how cancer may take hold
Green algae—the nexus of plant/animal ancestry
New Twist on Life’s Power Source
Controlling a sea of information
Plant Steroids Offer New Paradigm for How Hormones Work
Future of biology rests in harnessing data avalanche
Carnegie’s Arthur Grossman Receives Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal
Plant Scientists Participate in DOE Energy Frontier Research Center
Advance in understanding cellulose synthesis
Midget Plant Gets Makeover