Researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech have launched a publicly-available microbial database to host a range of microbial genome sequences.
The VBI Microbial Database (VMD), which is described in a recent article published in Nucleic Acids Research (Vol.34, D379-D381), contains genome sequence and annotation data for the plant pathogens Phytophthora sojae and Phytophthora ramorum. The purpose of the database is to make widely available to researchers the recently completed genome sequences of these pathogens as well as powerful analytical tools in one integrated resource. The work described in the paper was completed by VBI researchers Sucheta Tripathy, Varun Pandey, Bing Fang, and Fidel Salas, and led by Brett Tyler, VBI professor and professor of plant pathology, physiology, and weed science at Virginia Tech.
VMD is an integrated resource that includes community annotation features, toolkits, and resources to perform complex queries of biological information. The project’s researchers created a browser, which makes it easy for users to view the genome sequence data and connect to detailed annotation pages for each sequence. The community annotation interface is available for registered members to add or edit annotations.
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