Tobacco Resources in the Sol Genomics Network and Nicotiana Metabolic Databases
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Genomic databases provide essential information to scientists worldwide, including genome sequences, gene annotations, genetic markers, and phenotypic information. In addition to collecting and disseminating information, many databases also actively curate their data using a number of approaches, to ensure the data represent current knowledge and correspond to accepted quality standards. In this chapter, we review genome databases for the Nicotiana clade, and survey databases designed to further understand the metabolism of members of this clade. Although Nicotiana tabacum and its relatives, such as Nicotiana benthamiana, have been used widely in plant research over the last few decades, relatively few online Nicotiana resources exist, especially when compared with Solanaceae model systems such as tomato (Solanum lycopersicum). Tobacco plants are a major component of databases such as the Sol Genomics Network (https://solgenomics.net/) and the SolCyc metabolic databases, on which we will largely focus in this chapter.
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