Accepted paper: PLAZA 3.0: an access point for plant comparative genomics

Comparative sequence analysis has significantly altered our view on the complexity of genome organization and gene functions in different kingdoms. PLAZA 3.0 is designed to make comparative genomics data for plants available through a user-friendly web interface. Structural and functional annotation, gene families, protein domains, phylogenetic trees, and detailed information about genome organization can easily be queried and visualized. Compared with the first version released in 2009, which featured 9 organisms, the number of integrated genomes is more than four times higher, and now covers 37 plant species. The new species provide a wider phylogenetic range as well as a more in-depth sampling of specific clades, and genomes of additional crop species are present. The functional annotation has been expanded and now comprises data from Gene Ontology, MapMan, UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot, PlnTFDB and PlantTFDB. Furthermore, we improved the algorithms to transfer functional annotation from well-characterized plant genomes to other species. The additional data and new features make PLAZA 3.0 (http://bioinformatics.psb.ugent.be/plaza/) a versatile and comprehensible resource for users wanting to explore genome information to study different aspects of plant biology, both in model and non-model organisms.

Sebastian Proost, Michiel Van Bel, Dries Vaneechoutte, Yves Van de Peer, Dirk Inzé, Bernd Mueller-Roeber and Klaas Vandepoele. NUCLEIC ACIDS RESEARCH