Learn to use TAIR, the primary resource for molecular and genetic information on the higher seed plant and model organism Arabidopsis thaliana. The comprehensive data set that TAIR encompasses focuses on genomic and genetic data but also contains information on publications, protocols and the Arabidopsis research community. To aid in the navigation of this vast wealth of data, TAIR provides numerous searches, sequence data, and gene information tools which allow useful information to be retrieved quickly and efficiently.

You will learn:

  • to perform basic searches and navigate several useful browsers
  • to browse genetic features within the context of the entire chromosome
  • to search detailed metabolic pathways
  • to perform nucleotide or amino acid sequence homology searches


This tutorial is a part of the tutorial group Model organisms. You might find the other tutorials in the group interesting:

Saccharomyces Genome Database (SGD): Saccharomyces Genome Database

PhenomicDB: Phenotypes database

WormBase: Molecular and genetic information on Caenorhabditis elegans and related species

FlyBase: A resource for the genes, genome and molecular biology of Drosophila melanogaster and related species.

Mouse Genome Informatics (MGI): The Mouse Genome Informatics resource provides data, tools, and analyses for the mouse model organism.

Rat Genome Database (RGD): Rat Genome Database

ZFIN: The Zebrafish Information Network

Gramene: A resource on rice and other grass genomes

This tutorial is a part of the tutorial group Plant resources. You might find the other tutorials in the group interesting:

Ensembl: Ensembl Genome Browser

PlantGDB: Plant Genome Database

GBrowse: GBrowse User Introductory Tutorial

Ensembl Legacy: Older version of Ensembl Genome Browser

Gramene: A resource on rice and other grass genomes

World Tour of Genomics Resources: A World Tour of Genome Resources for finding and learning the right resource for your needs.


Genome Databases (euk) : Genomic databases or repositories primarily aimed at eukaryotic organisms. Some may contain prokaryotic data as well.


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