Proven Value for Plant Biologists
The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) is an online database of genetic and molecular biology data for Arabidopsis thaliana, a key reference plant. It is an indispensable resource for Arabidopsis researchers.
TAIR was established in 1999 and continues to provide the most comprehensive and current set of plant gene function data. Plant biologists working with both Arabidopsis and other plants use TAIR because the comprehensive information available for Arabidopsis is often directly relevant to other plant species.
Institutional and personal subscriptions provide most of the support for TAIR. Phoenix Bioinformatics, a non-profit corporation, operates TAIR.
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TAIR's value to scientists lies in its continually updated data set of Arabidopsis gene function, mutant phenotype, expression pattern and related data extracted from the research literature. We only redistribute data after it has been available from TAIR for one year.
Every year, an average of:
Over 3000 Arabidopsis research articles are added
Over 2000 papers are associated with genes
Over 400 articles have gene function, expression or phenotype data extracted
Over 5000 experiment-based annotations are added using controlled vocabularies (GO and PO ontologies)
Our team of professional curators, all with PhD degrees in Biology, have answered thousands of questions from our users ranging from requests for customized data sets to conference and job postings.
"The ...most important positive about TAIR is its curator-team. They are very involved in this work, are very quick to respond to a question, do not mind going back-and-forth on an issue, and are most willing to cater to very personalized requests. Rarely does a day go by when I don't use TAIR. It is a clear model for web resource."
Dr. Arjun Krishnan, Princeton University
Arabidopsis gene function, mutant phenotype, expression pattern, new publications and related data are updated weekly from the latest research literature. Up-to-date curated information is exclusively available to our subscribers.
Ontology-based functional annotation allows for powerful query and genome-wide data analysis.
Search for insertions, verify gene structure, and much more.
Search for genes, loci, proteins, DNA, seed stocks, and much more with our multi-variable search.
TAIR is widely used by both academic and industry users from around the globe for research and education. Following are a small set of user testimonials. We love to hear from our users, send us your own testimonial!
“The world’s most valued plant database"
Nature (2009) 462, 258-259
"TAIR is *the* resource for plant scientists like me involved in both experimental and computational work...
Rarely does a day go by when I don't use TAIR. It is a clear model for web resource for other plants."
Dr. Arjun Krishnan, Princeton University, USA
“TAIR saved me three months of map-based cloning work due to its morphological phenotype database."
Dr. Christopher DeFraia, The Ohio State University, USA
“I'm a Chinese Ph.D student and my research interests are plant miRNAs and other small RNAs. The huge datasets provided by TAIR really help us doing bioinformatics analysis of small RNAs in Arabidopsis.”
Yijun Meng, Department of Bioinformatics, Zhejiang University, China
“I am a Principal Investigator (PI) at [company name not shown] where I perform discovery research using Arabidopsis as a model system. TAIR has been a critical tool in every project and stage of my scientific development; from grad student to post-doc to PI.
The TAIR resource is invaluable not only in Arabidopsis systems, but as an annotation and comparative tool in plant biology.
I highly recommend TAIR.”
Dr. Shai Lawit, A Leading Agricultural Biotech Company
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