SorghumBase: a web-based portal for sorghum genetic information and community advancement.

Gladman N, Olson A, Wei S, Chougule K, Lu Z, Tello-Ruiz M, Meijs I, Van Buren P, Jiao Y, Wang B, Kumar V, Kumari S, Zhang L, Burke J, Chen J, Burow G, Hayes C, Emendack Y, Xin Z, Ware D

Published: 12 January 2022 in Planta
Keywords: Breeding, Genetic, Genomic, Molecular, Resource, Sorghum
Pubmed ID: 35015132
DOI: 10.1007/s00425-022-03821-6

SorghumBase provides a community portal that integrates genetic, genomic, and breeding resources for sorghum germplasm improvement. Public research and development in agriculture rely on proper data and resource sharing within stakeholder communities. For plant breeders, agronomists, molecular biologists, geneticists, and bioinformaticians, centralizing desirable data into a user-friendly hub for crop systems is essential for successful collaborations and breakthroughs in germplasm development. Here, we present the SorghumBase web portal ( ), a resource for the sorghum research community. SorghumBase hosts a wide range of sorghum genomic information in a modular framework, built with open-source software, to provide a sustainable platform. This initial release of SorghumBase includes: (1) five sorghum reference genome assemblies in a pan-genome browser; (2) genetic variant information for natural diversity panels and ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS)-induced mutant populations; (3) search interface and integrated views of various data types; (4) links supporting interconnectivity with other repositories including genebank, QTL, and gene expression databases; and (5) a content management system to support access to community news and training materials. SorghumBase offers sorghum investigators improved data collation and access that will facilitate the growth of a robust research community to support genomics-assisted breeding.

USDA-ARS 8062-21000-041-00D