Database that summarizes diverse information about metabolic pathways in crop plants and allows automatic export of information for the creation of detailed metabolic models. It contains manually curated, highly detailed information about metabolic pathways in crop plants, including pathway diagrams, reactions, locations, transport processes, reaction kinetics, taxonomy and literature. It contains information about seven major crop plants with high agronomical importance and two model plants.
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Crop plants play a major role in human and animal nutrition and increasingly contribute to chemical or pharmaceutical industry and renewable resources. In order to achieve important goals, such as the improvement of growth or yield, it is indispensable to understand biological processes on a detailed level. Therefore, the well-structured management of fine-grained information about metabolic pathways is of high interest. Thus, we developed the MetaCrop information system, a manually curated repository of high quality information concerning the metabolism of crop plants. However, the data access to and flexible export of information of MetaCrop in standard exchange formats had to be improved. To automate and accelerate the data access we designed a set of web services to be integrated into external software. These web services have already been used by an add-on for the visualisation toolkit VANTED. Furthermore, we developed an export feature for the MetaCrop web interface, thus enabling the user to compose individual metabolic models using SBML.
MetaCrop is a manually curated repository of high-quality data about plant metabolism, providing different levels of detail from overview maps of primary metabolism to kinetic data of enzymes. It contains information about seven major crop plants with high agronomical importance and two model plants. MetaCrop is intended to support research aimed at the improvement of crops for both nutrition and industrial use. It can be accessed via web, web services and an add-on to the Vanted software. Here, we present several novel developments of the MetaCrop system and the extended database content. MetaCrop is now available in version 2.0 at http://metacrop.ipk-gatersleben.de.
MetaCrop is a manually curated repository of high quality information concerning the metabolism of crop plants. This includes pathway diagrams, reactions, locations, transport processes, reaction kinetics, taxonomy and literature. MetaCrop provides detailed information on six major crop plants with high agronomical importance and initial information about several other plants. The web interface supports an easy exploration of the information from overview pathways to single reactions and therefore helps users to understand the metabolism of crop plants. It also allows model creation and automatic data export for detailed models of metabolic pathways therefore supporting systems biology approaches. The MetaCrop database is accessible at http://metacrop.ipk-gatersleben.de.
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