Learn to use Gramene, a publicly available data resource for comparative genome analysis of grasses with genome browsers for many species, species information pages, various databases, an advanced search and more. Gramene contains genome browsers for Oryza sativa indica and japonica, O. glaberrima, O. rufipogon, Zea mays, Sorghum bicolor, Arabidopsis thaliana, Arabidopsis lyrata, Vitis vinifera and Populus trichocarpa. There are also tools to search for genetic markers, traits and biochemical pathways. Gramene's purpose is to provide added value to the many data sets available from public grass genomics studies and other projects.

You will learn:

  • to perform effective searches and understand the genome browser displays
  • to access advanced searches enabling multifaceted queries
  • to access and use the various databases of markers, proteins, traits, gene diversity, and biochemical pathways
  • to perform BLAST sequence searches of the genomes


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

TAIR: The Arabidopsis Information Resource

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

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

TAIR: The Arabidopsis Information Resource

PlantGDB: Plant Genome Database

GBrowse: GBrowse User Introductory Tutorial

Ensembl Legacy: Older version of Ensembl Genome Browser

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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Recent BioMed Central research articles citing this resource

Ta N. K. et al., Differences in meristem size and expression of branching genes are associated with variation in panicle phenotype in wild and domesticated African rice. EvoDevo (2017) doi:10.1186/s13227-017-0065-y

Chopra Ratan et al., Genome-wide association analysis of seedling traits in diverse Sorghum germplasm under thermal stress. BMC Plant Biology (2017) doi:10.1186/s12870-016-0966-2

Zhang Hong-Wei et al., Dissection of the qTGW1.1 region into two tightly-linked minor QTLs having stable effects for grain weight in rice Complex traits and quantitative genetics. BMC Genetics (2016) doi:10.1186/s12863-016-0410-5

Roy Somnath et al., Genetic diversity and structure in hill rice ( Oryza sativa L.) landraces from the North-Eastern Himalayas of India Plant population genetics. BMC Genetics (2016) doi:10.1186/s12863-016-0414-1

Magwa Auma Risper et al., Genome-wide association mapping revealed a diverse genetic basis of seed dormancy across subpopulations in rice ( Oryza sativa L.) Complex traits and quantitative genetics. BMC Genetics (2016) doi:10.1186/s12863-016-0340-2