Semantic PHI-Base Web Interface: A Web Tool to Interact and Visualize Plant-Pathogen Interactions Data

  • Juan Camilo Mesa-Polo
  • Roberto García-Salgado
  • Gerardo Lagunes-García
  • Alejandro Rodríguez-GonzálezEmail author
  • Alejandro Rodríguez-Iglesias
Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 815)


PHI-Base is a database that it is accessible through the web and contains a catalogue of experimentally verified pathogen-host interactions from fungal, oomycete and bacterial pathogens and animal, plant, fungal and insect hosts. In 2016, researchers from Centre for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain, released a semantic-based version of part of this database (named Semantic PHI) focusing on those interactions where the affected host are plants. This semantic version was created and published using FAIR methodology and was available through a SPARQL endpoint. In this paper is presented a proof of concept done to create an interface for Semantic PHI-Base dataset. A web tool that allows interacting and visualizing the interactions contained in Semantic PHI database using an easy interface was created. This tool represents a case study of interacting and visualizing the knowledge contained within a semantic dataset allowing the use of such dataset by users with no expertise in semantic technologies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Camilo Mesa-Polo
    • 1
  • Roberto García-Salgado
    • 1
  • Gerardo Lagunes-García
    • 1
  • Alejandro Rodríguez-González
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Alejandro Rodríguez-Iglesias
    • 3
  1. 1.Departamento de Lenguajes y Sistemas Informáticos e Ingeniería del Software, Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros InformáticosUniversidad Politécnica de Madrid, Campus de MontegancedoMadrid, Boadilla del MonteSpain
  2. 2.Centro de Tecnología Biomédica, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Campus de MontegancedoPozuelo de Alarcón, MadridSpain
  3. 3.Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Campus de MontegancedoPozuelo de Alarcón, MadridSpain

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