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Introduction to CropStoreDB

In order to maximize the impact of high quality crop science, there is a continuing need for explicit management of complex datasets relating to plant and crop genetics. We are addressing the first stage in dataset curation and dissemination, by providing a data model and tools that reflect the relationships understood and manipulated by researchers and breeders.

CropStoreDB is curated within five interconnected modules. CS_PLANT manages the plant population and line data. A clear distinction is made between genetic entities such as plant line and individual plant accessions. CS_TRAIT deals with trials, experimental designs, trait descriptions, and scores. This module allows detailed methods, including any variations, to be captured. CS_LINKAGE_MAP contains the data for linkage maps, linked to plant populations, genetic markers and genome alignment data in AlignStoreDB. CS_GENETIC_MARKER is used to link markers to sequence in SeqStoreDB. Finally CS_QTL is used to capture quantitative trait loci based on explicitly described experimental traits. This includes summary statistics for the trait data used to calculate QTL.

The key components of the CropStoreDB system include: