Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center
Room 309 Botany & Zoology Bldg.
Ohio State University
1735 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
AIMS WWW Server URL: http://genesys.cps.msu.edu:3333/
Major advancements have been achieved recently in DNA holdings. We have received two very useful cosmid libraries and now possess several cDNA and one genomic library. The collection of cloned genes numbers near 100 and is growing rapidly as are the holdings of RFLP stocks. In addition, we have just received 9,000 new EST clones from Michigan State University (MSU). These, along with the 3,000 Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and 4,000 MSU ESTs already in our collection, have increased these stocks to very large proportions. We also now hold an P1 library from Mitsui Plant Biotechnology Research Institute and RITE as well as a new YAC library from Joseph Ecker, which are currently available but will be distributed as soon as the details of their handling can be worked out.
Stock image data is fully accessible from the Web server and linked to the associated stocks. We are trying to utilize these images to their fullest potential to portray stock features. Ecotype features can be portrayed and compared as can various aspects of gene effects such as developmental features, experimental comparisons, and microscopic characteristics of mutants. Most of our current images have been generated with our own facilities and are simpler depictions of the plants, but the greatest degree of informativeness is possible when visual depictions produced by the initial investigators are donated with the respective stocks, both for seeds and DNA. See the scans of slides for de-etiolated2, donated by the Joanne Chory lab and the fusca comparison donated by Linda Castle as examples of the possibilities. Hence, as always, we welcome new donations along with information in both verbal and graphical form. New donations represent the strength of the stock centers, and the donations have their fullest usefulness in accompaniment with complete, accessible descriptions.