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

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

Chuang Trees-Juen et al., Comparative genomics of grass EST libraries reveals previously uncharacterized splicing events in crop plants. BMC Plant Biology (2015) doi:10.1186/s12870-015-0431-7

Chien Chia-Hung et al., EXPath: a database of comparative expression analysis inferring metabolic pathways for plants Selected articles from the Thirteenth Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Conference (APBC 2015): Genomics The Thirteenth Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Conference (APBC 2015). BMC Genomics (2015) doi:10.1186/1471-2164-16-S2-S6

Ruengphayak Siriphat et al., Forward screening for seedling tolerance to Fe toxicity reveals a polymorphic mutation in ferric chelate reductase in rice. Rice (2015) doi:10.1186/s12284-014-0036-z

Oellrich Anika et al., An ontology approach to comparative phenomics in plants. Plant Methods (2015) doi:10.1186/s13007-015-0053-y