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PeanutMap: an online genome database for comparative molecular maps of peanut

Arun M Jesubatham1 and Mark D Burow23*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Computer Science, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409, USA

2 Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, Texas A&M University, 1102 East FM 1294, Lubbock, Texas 79403, USA

3 Department of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409, USA

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BMC Bioinformatics 2006, 7:375  doi:10.1186/1471-2105-7-375

Published: 11 August 2006

Abstract

Background

Molecular maps have been developed for many species, and are of particular importance for varietal development and comparative genomics. However, despite the existence of multiple sets of linkage maps, databases of these data are lacking for many species, including peanut.

Description

PeanutMap http://peanutgenetics.tamu.edu/cmap webcite provides a web-based interface for viewing specific linkage groups of a map set. PeanutMap can display and compare multiple maps of a set based upon marker or trait correspondences, which is particularly important as cultivated peanut is a disomic tetraploid. The database can also compare linkage groups among multiple map sets, allowing identification of corresponding linkage groups from results of different research projects. Data from the two published peanut genome map sets, and also from three maps sets of phenotypic traits are present in the database. Data from PeanutMap have been incorporated into the Legume Information System website http://www.comparative-legumes.org webcite to allow peanut map data to be used for cross-species comparisons.

Conclusion

The utility of the database is expected to increase as several SSR-based maps are being developed currently, and expanded efforts for comparative mapping of legumes are underway. Optimal use of these data will benefit from the development of tools to facilitate comparative analysis.