The Arabidopsis Information Resource: A curated reference resource for translational plant biology


Date and Time 
October 24, 2018
1:30pm to 2:30pm
Robin Li and Melissa Ma Science Library, Sapp Center for Teaching and Learning, Training Room

This workshop is limited to current students, faculty, and staff at Stanford. Advance registration required. Click on "more info" link to register for this workshop.

Event Sponsor 
Stanford University Libraries
Michael Newman 650-723-1110

Arabidopsis thaliana has been the object of intensive study for more than half a century and was the first plant genome to be fully sequenced. Since 1965, approximately 56,000 research articles have been published about Arabidopsis.  In recent decades, extensive suites of experimental tools (e.g. mutant stocks, sequence variation libraries and various ‘omics’ data) have been generated by the research community for probing the functions of the more than 30,000 genes. Founded in 1999, the Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR,, employs trained biocurators who extract published experimental information from the literature and integrate data to present a comprehensive view of Arabidopsis gene function. With sustained support from the research community, TAIR is able to continuously add data to produce a ‘gold standard’ annotated plant genome that serves as a key reference species for translational biology. Curators from TAIR will demonstrate how to use data and tools in TAIR, including integrated orthology resources and literature-based annotations of gene function and expression patterns, to infer the function of unknown genes in Arabidopsis and species with economic and agricultural importance. There will be an opportunity after the presentation for one-on-one consulting.