UNIT 1.22 Using the iPlant Collaborative Discovery Environment

  1. Shannon L. Oliver1,2,
  2. Andrew J. Lenards1,2,
  3. Roger A. Barthelson1,2,
  4. Nirav Merchant1,2,
  5. Sheldon J. McKay1,3

Published Online: 1 JUN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/0471250953.bi0122s42

Current Protocols in Bioinformatics

Current Protocols in Bioinformatics

How to Cite

Oliver, S. L., Lenards, A. J., Barthelson, R. A., Merchant, N. and McKay, S. J. 2013. Using the iPlant Collaborative Discovery Environment. Current Protocols in Bioinformatics. 42:1.22:1.22.1–1.22.26.

Author Information

  1. 1

    The iPlant Collaborative

  2. 2

    The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

  3. 3

    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JUN 2013


The iPlant Collaborative is an academic consortium whose mission is to develop an informatics and social infrastructure to address the “grand challenges” in plant biology. Its cyberinfrastructure supports the computational needs of the research community and facilitates solving major challenges in plant science. The Discovery Environment provides a powerful and rich graphical interface to the iPlant Collaborative cyberinfrastructure by creating an accessible virtual workbench that enables all levels of expertise, ranging from students to traditional biology researchers and computational experts, to explore, analyze, and share their data. By providing access to iPlant's robust data-management system and high-performance computing resources, the Discovery Environment also creates a unified space in which researchers can access scalable tools. Researchers can use available Applications (Apps) to execute analyses on their data, as well as customize or integrate their own tools to better meet the specific needs of their research. These Apps can also be used in workflows that automate more complicated analyses. This module describes how to use the main features of the Discovery Environment, using bioinformatics workflows for high-throughput sequence data as examples. Curr. Protoc. Bioinform. 42:1.22.1-1.22.26. © 2013 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


  • cyberinfrastructure;
  • science gateways;
  • bioinformatics;
  • plant sciences;
  • plant biology;
  • computational biology;
  • RNA-Seq