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First release of the Plant Structure Development Stages Ontology

katica at acoma.Stanford.EDU katica at acoma.Stanford.EDU
Fri Jul 29 14:21:05 PDT 2005

First release of the Plant Structure Development Stages Ontology

The Plant Ontology Consortium ( is pleased to 
announce the first release of the Developmental Ontology for flowering 
plants. This ontology is a set of controlled vocabulary ("ontology") terms 
that describe the developmental stages of organs and organ systems of a 
'generic' flowering plant. The Developmental Ontology supplements 
previously-released ontologies that describe anatomy, morphology, and 
growth stages of a plant, and is designed for use by plant databases and 
researchers to describe the effects of genes, mutations and environmental 
permutations on plant structure and growth using a standardized 

The updated version of the Plant Ontology, which includes the 
newly-released  Developmental Ontology, can be viewed and queried using 
the Plant  Ontology AmiGO browser (URL:

We hope that Plant Ontology will become a useful tool for the plant 
research community, and that diverse groups including plant breeders, 
geneticists and researchers involved in large scale genomics projects will 
benefit from using this resource.

Please feel free to contact us with your suggestions and requests for new 
terms in the Plant Ontology.

Best regards,

Plant Ontology Consortium

Katica Ilic             		katica at
The Arabidopsis Information Resource 	Tel: (650) 325-1521 ext. 253
Carnegie Institution of Washington 	FAX: (650) 325-6857
Department of Plant Biology 		URL:
260 Panama St.
Stanford, CA 94305

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