Welcome! Our primary research focus is the study of flowering time and seed development in plants. These two processes determine reproductive timing and fruit/seed generation, contributing to human and animal nutritional needs by way of quality and yield. We examine these developmental features in the context of plant response under conditions of abiotic stress such as salt, drought and photoperiod. More info...


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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.