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- MetaCrop: a detailed database of crop plant metabolism

MetaCrop: a detailed database of crop plant metabolism

Eva Grafahrend-Belau, Stephan Weise, Dirk Koschützki, Uwe Scholz, Björn H. Junker and Falk Schreiber*

Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Corrensstrasse 3, D-06466 Gatersleben, Germany

* To whom correspondence should be addressed. Tel: +49 39482 5753; Fax: +49 39482 5407; Email: schreibe@ipk-gatersleben.de

Received August 15, 2007. Revised September 21, 2007. Accepted September 21, 2007.

Nucleic Acids Research, 2008, Vol. 36, Database issue D954-D958 [Open Access]

Abstract

MetaCrop is a manually curated repository of high quality informationconcerning the metabolism of crop plants. This includes pathwaydiagrams, reactions, locations, transport processes, reactionkinetics, taxonomy and literature. MetaCrop provides detailedinformation on six major crop plants with high agronomical importanceand initial information about several other plants. The webinterface supports an easy exploration of the information fromoverview pathways to single reactions and therefore helps usersto understand the metabolism of crop plants. It also allowsmodel creation and automatic data export for detailed modelsof metabolic pathways therefore supporting systems biology approaches.The MetaCrop database is accessible at http://metacrop.ipk-gatersleben.de.


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