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New Plant Ontology Release #20 Available

We are pleased to announce that the latest release of the Plant Ontology, version #20, is available on our browser at http://www.plantontology.org/.

This full release features the addition of 48 new terms, for both the Plant Anatomical Entity (44) and Plant Structure Development Stage (4) branches.

This Release also includes new and updated annotation data for: rice (Oryza sativa) Arabidopsis thaliana and cotton (Gossypium hirsutum).

Major revisions to the plant anatomical entity branch of the ontology include new and revised terms and definitions to describe:

The genome of cyclosporine drug producing fungus Tolypocladium inflatum.

The genome of cyclosporine (synonym: cyclosporin) drug producing fungus Tolypocladium inflatum was published recently by Bushley et al. (2013), in the journal PLOS Genetics. The genome sequencing and its annotation discovered a cyclosporin biosynthesis associated metabolite gene cluster. "Cyclosporin is a powerful immunosupressant with a specific action on T-lymphocyte cells.