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ORCAE-AOCC: A Centralized Portal for the Annotation of African Orphan Crop Genomes

by Anna E. J. Yssel 1,2,†, Shu-Min Kao 3,4,†, Yves Van de Peer 1,3,4,* and Lieven Sterck 3,4
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Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics, Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0028, South Africa
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Centre for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0028, South Africa
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VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, Technologiepark, Zwijnaarde 71, 9052 Ghent, Belgium
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Department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Ghent University, 9052 Ghent, Belgium
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Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
These authors contributed equally to this study.
Genes 2019, 10(12), 950; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes10120950
Received: 17 October 2019 / Revised: 15 November 2019 / Accepted: 18 November 2019 / Published: 20 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advances in Orphan Crop Genetics and Genomics)
ORCAE (Online Resource for Community Annotation of Eukaryotes) is a public genome annotation curation resource. ORCAE-AOCC is a branch that is dedicated to the genomes published as part of the African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC). The motivation behind the development of the ORCAE platform was to create a knowledge-based website where the research-community can make contributions to improve genome annotations. All changes to any given gene-model or gene description are stored, and the entire annotation history can be retrieved. Genomes can either be set to “public” or “restricted” mode; anonymous users can browse public genomes but cannot make any changes. Aside from providing a user- friendly interface to view genome annotations, the platform also includes tools and information (such as gene expression evidence) that enables authorized users to edit and validate genome annotations. The ORCAE-AOCC platform will enable various stakeholders from around the world to coordinate their efforts to annotate and study underutilized crops. View Full-Text
Keywords: genome portal; genome resource; genome annotation; manual curation; African orphan crops genome portal; genome resource; genome annotation; manual curation; African orphan crops
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Yssel, A.E.J.; Kao, S.-M.; Van de Peer, Y.; Sterck, L. ORCAE-AOCC: A Centralized Portal for the Annotation of African Orphan Crop Genomes. Genes 2019, 10, 950.

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