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Large Data Sets and Novel Tools for Plant Biology for use in International Consolidation – Tier Data Repositories and Portals

2012 Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Competition
Agriculture and Agri Food
Genome Centre(s):
Ontario Genomics
Project Leader(s):
Nicholas Provart (University of Toronto), Stephen Wright (University of Toronto)
Fiscal Year Project Launched: 
Project Description: 

New technologies allow plant biologists to identify important DNA sequences in an organism’s genome. Among other things, these advances have helped gain insight into the expression level of genes in many different parts of plants under different conditions, the interactions between the proteins present in an organism and the 3D structures of these proteins.

However, researchers still find it difficult to draw meaningful conclusions from the huge amounts of data that confront them.

Drs. Nicholas Provart and Stephen Wright aim to develop data visualization tools and applications to accelerate advances in plant biology. His contribution in making vast amounts of data easier to interpret will help feed the world’s growing population.