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Comparative and Functional Genomics
Volume 3, Issue 2, Pages 137-142
Conference Review

The Plant Ontology Consortium and Plant Ontologies

The Plant Ontology Consortium

Department of Agronomy, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia 65211-7020, Missouri, USA

Received 11 February 2002; Accepted 12 February 2002

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The goal of the Plant Ontology Consortium is to produce structured controlled vocabularies, arranged in ontologies, that can be applied to plant-based database information even as knowledge of the biology of the relevant plant taxa (e.g. development, anatomy, morphology, genomics, proteomics) is accumulating and changing. The collaborators of the Plant Ontology Consortium (POC) represent a number of core participant database groups. The Plant Ontology Consortium is expanding the paradigm of the Gene Ontology Consortium ( Various trait ontologies (agronomic traits, mutant phenotypes, phenotypes, traits, and QTL) and plant ontologies (plant development, anatomy [incl. morphology]) for several taxa (Arabidopsis, maize/corn/Zea mays and rice/Oryza) are under development. The products of the Plant Ontology Consortium will be open-source.