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Site Overview and Guide

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PeanutBase is organized around these features and tools:
  • Genome browsers: currently including A. duranensis and A. ipaensis. From the browsers, you can do key-word searches (enter text under "Landmark or Region" in the browser), or go to regions that you know are of interest (for example, around genetic markers that you know about; edit the chromosome and coordinates under "Landmark or Region," or just scroll and zoom).
  • Traits and Maps: PeanutBase maintains a relatively large (and growing) collection of published genetic maps. We are working to add QTL features to these when possible - and also to link from sequence-based genetic markers to the genome browsers. This allows a breeder to identify markers close to a trait of interest (the QTL) - and ultimately, will allow researchers to identify causative genes and perfect markers for some traits.
    • Traits overview: A major effort at PeanutBase is to collect published peanut QTL information and integrate it into a common genetic framework. The QTL data is loaded into PeanutBase and integrated with other genetic and genomic data. This data can be searched and viewed on genetic maps.
    • Maps overview: Arachis maps can be viewed as interactive maps, can be searched, and downloaded in CMap format below.
    • Marker Assisted Selection (MAS): These are custom-compiled pages that summarize what is known about markers and breeding lines relevant to important traits such as rust, nematode resistance, and oil quality. These pages require expert knowledge. If you have knowledge to contribute about existing MAS pages or new ones (for traits not yet covered), please contact us. We are looking for new information to help flesh out these pages, and we would love to credit anyone who can provide important information about high-value traits.
  • Browsing Data:

  • Searching Tools:
    • BLAT: You can conduct a BLAT ("Blast-Like Alignment Tool") search using either DNA or RNA as the query sequence against the Arachis genomes. BLAT is a tool for aligning gene/transcript sequences, or highly-similar DNA sequences, to a genome. May be better than BLAST for genic sequences that require spliced alignments around introns. Alignments will be displayed in the genome browser.
    • BLAST: You can conduct a BLAST search for your sequences (nucleotide or protein query sequence) against the Arachis genomes, coding sequences, or peptides. Hits link to alignments or genes in the genome browsers. This tool is useful if there is a gene (or other sequence) that you know about - perhaps from lab work or from reports from another species - and you want to know where similar sequences exist in the Arachis genomes.
    • Gene & gene family search: Search for genes with gene name (i.e. [Contains]: Aradu.00EZV) and/or gene description (i.e. [Contains any word]: proteasome) and/or Phytozome (link is external) gene families (i.e. [is equal to]: phytozome_10_2.59192412) NOTE: The gene family links will direct you to our sister site
      • Gene Basket/Bulk download: Click Add to Basket or Add all genes to Basket button. To view genes in the basket, click on Go to basket page. From this page you can bulk download polypeptide or mRNA sequences.
      • Detailed gene family search info: This link will direct you to our sister site
    • Keyword Search: Search genome browser by entering terms to search for features (gene or marker names, functional descriptions, etc.) on the indicated genome. You will see the results displayed on a karyotype view of chromosomes and in a list report. You can go from there to a detailed view of the features on the genome browser.
    • Map Search: Enter text for the name and/or description for a map and click "Search". Leave both fields empty and click search to see a list of all maps.
    • Marker Search: Enter marker name (can be partial) and click "Search". Columns in the result table can be sorted by clicking on column headers.
    • Protein Domain Search: Search for protein domains by using protein domain ID (i.e. [is equal to]: PF00139) and/or protein domain name (i.e. [Contains]: Zinc finger) and/or Interpro term (i.e. [is equal to]: IPR027278) and/or protein domain description search (i.e. [Contains all words]: disease resistance). You can also search by using the "count" filters to protein domains by size or species composition.
    • Arachis QTL Search: You can search PeanutBase QTL collection by trait class (i.e. yield or root) and/or by QTL symbol used in the experiment and/or by QTL symbol in the publication (i.e. Pod harvest or Seed weight). The narrow search feature (when checked) will only return traits containing the text within the trait text box.
    • Publication search:
  • PeanutBase Germplasm Resources:
    • GRIN Connect: Search for germplasm at USDA GRIN (NPGS) database. Use this utility if you want to search the entire USDA GRIN germplasm database from within PeanutBase. You will be able to see and search the GRIN website within a LIS page with a GRIN accession number. You can also check, if it exists, the evaluation data for the germplasm accession from the 'Detailed Accession Observation Page' link in the GRIN webpage.
    • Trait Evaluation Data: Search for germplasm evaluation data. Germplasm evaluation data (for common crop traits or descriptors) for Arachis are available via PeanutBase from GRIN. The evaluation data sets have been downloaded from the GRIN website and are served here by PeanutBase.
    • Geographic distribution of Arachis germplasm: Locate germplasm accession in a map. Arachis germplasm accessions can be located on a map using a Geographical Information System (GIS) utility . You can search the distribution of germplasm accessions in a given geographic area, can map multiple species or restrict it to a single Arachis taxon, look at the accession details and evaluation data if available, and overlay trait evaluation data on the map.
    • Arachis germplasm image collection: Image collection contains ~2000 images from the USDA-ARS germplasm collection in Griffin, GA.
  • Community resources and external links: meetings, other peanut or relevant plant research websites, etc. If you are aware of resources that we have missed, please let us know.
  • Download: we are maintaining major data sets that you can analyze on your own computing hardware.
  • Data submission: there is a spreadsheet form available for describing QTL experiments, maps, and their publication. Data submissions we have received directly from researchers are extremely valuable, since a researcher knows the information intimately and is the expert on their work. If you are working on phenotyping or mapping, please feel free to download the form, and contact us with questions.
  • External tools: Some tools at other sites have important capabilities for peanut research. For example, gene family pages at the Legume Information System include Arachis gene models. These families show the genetic relationships to genes from soybean, common bean, and other species for which the functions are known for many genes (e.g. Arabidopsis).
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  • FAQ

    GBrowse FAQ | Traits & Maps FAQ

    About The PeanutBase Project

    This web portal is designed to provide convenient access to peanut genetic and genomic data deriving from U.S. and international research, and particularly from the Peanut Genomics Initiative: The U.S. industry has embarked on an ambitious plan to map the peanut genome over the next six years to provide our breeders with gene markers for positive traits already found in peanuts to accelerate traditional cross breeding to bring more sustainable and productive peanut seed varieties to the farmer sooner. This non-GMO approach to improving peanuts will provide benefits to farmers and consumers alike by the development of peanuts les susceptible to plant diseases and drought stress. Moreover, this technology will allow for peanuts with enhanced vitamins and minerals --- all naturally found in current peanut plants. This genomics effort (and this website) have been made possible by many industry supporters. This web site is being built by the USDA-ARS SoyBase and Crop Legume Database group in Ames, IA, with assistance from many researchers, and by the LIS team at NCGR.

    Contact Us

    If you have any questions about how to use features at PeanutBase, or if you have requests for new features, or have data or information that you would be willing to contribute, please contact us! Thanks! We would like your help to make the site as useful as possible.