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Arabidopsis thaliana project

Welcome to the Arabidopsis genome database

An introduction to the Arabidopsis thaliana genome project and to MAtDB (MIPS Arabidopsis thaliana Database)

Arabidopsis thaliana is the first plant for which the complete genome has been sequenced. In order to put the wealth of information represented by the complete genome sequence to use, we must learn to decode this information and to connect it to diverse biological data. A list of all genes of an organism is no more than a list of parts; we need to discover their functions and interactions in order to understand the workings of the whole.

MAtDB started out as a repository for genome sequence data in the European Scientists Sequencing Arabidopsis (ESSA) project, part of the Arabidopsis Genome Initiative, but is moving towards becoming an integrated biological knowledge resource by integrating diverse data, tools, query and visualization capabilities. The aim is to create a comprehensive resource for Arabidopsis as a model that can then be used to transfer knowledge onto sequences from other species, including crop plants.