Biological investigations have the potential to produce large volumes of data, much of which is condensed or omitted from publications, and which may not be readily accessible to researchers outside that discipline. Bringing together in a single repository information whose common thread is the Solanaceae family gives researchers a valuable, multidisciplinary tool. The SolGenes (Solanaceae) database project, a part of the USDA Plant Genome Research Program, is meant to be such a tool. The database has facilities for handling genetic and physical maps, DNA sequences, pathologies and germplasm stocks, as well as other types of information. It currently contains tomato, potato and pepper genetic maps based on a common set of probes, tomato germplasm data including wild species and stocks, autoradiogram images of distributed probes and much more. Current efforts are focused on loading images of tomato mutants, expanding the germplasm data, and setting up a gopher server. The database software (ACEDB) provides a user-friendly, graphical interface with links between logically related pieces of information, allowing the user to view data from multiple sources with just a few clicks of the mouse. The database and software are freely available to interested parties.
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