AphidBase: a centralized bioinformatic resource for annotation of the pea aphid genome


Fabrice Legeai, INRIA –équipe Symbiose, Campus de Beaulieu, 35042 Rennes, cedex, France. Tel.: +33 (0) 299 8471 18; fax: +33 (0) 299 8471 71; e-mail: fabrice.legeai@rennes.inra.fr


AphidBase is a centralized bioinformatic resource that was developed to facilitate community annotation of the pea aphid genome by the International Aphid Genomics Consortium (IAGC). The AphidBase Information System designed to organize and distribute genomic data and annotations for a large international community was constructed using open source software tools from the Generic Model Organism Database (GMOD). The system includes Apollo and GBrowse utilities as well as a wiki, blast search capabilities and a full text search engine. AphidBase strongly supported community cooperation and coordination in the curation of gene models during community annotation of the pea aphid genome. AphidBase can be accessed at http://www.aphidbase.com.