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Help - How to Search and Browse the catalogue

Germplasm basic search page

  1. How to use the germplasm basic search page

    To use the basic search page, choose a selection criterion from the drop down menu under the 'Search' heading and enter your search term in the box below the 'For' heading. Then press the 'Go' button.

    To search for at least one word in a multiple word search, include a space between the words. Example - root leaf

    To search for all words in a multiple word search, include a '+' at the beginning of the words. Example - +root +leaf

    To search for entries that contain 'root' but not 'leaf'. Example - +root -leaf

    To search for an exact match, surround the phrase with quote marks. Example - "Green leaf". This will not find 'Green hairy leaf'.

    Use the '*' wildcard to search for entries that contain words. Example - root* will find root, roots, or rootless.

    If there is a '.' in your search term you must surround the term with quote marks. Example - "SM.12345"

  2. Searching for lists of lines / multiple lines

    The easiest way of doing this if you have a list of e.g. SALK names is as follows (You don't need the NASC codes):

    Open your list and remove any other text apart from the SALK name (e.g. By importing into excel and then selecting a column or row - whichever is the salk name). -OR- make a space or tab delimited list of the SALK names - whichever is most convenient for you.

    Copy and paste that list into the form at: http://arabidopsis.info/BasicForm


    Then just press [ go ]..

    For the example above, you will get a table with:
    [ Donor Number | 5 ]

    Click on the number (e.g. 5).
    You will get a list of the stocks (up to 100 on a page - see the dropdown menu to increase).

    Because each one costs you money, we ask you to press the [Add to Basket] button for each one as a double check (we haven't done a select all - because of the risk to the customer of unnecessary ordering - please let us know if you disagree with that policy).

    In some cases, the button may be gray - there will be an explanation below (e.g. 'Retired at the donor's request').

    You then order as normal.....

    It will only take you a couple of minutes to check 100 stocks (although it might seem longer when you are doing it).

  3. Help finding specific lines

    If you can't find a line but you are confident it exists, it is possible we have it in the catalogue under a different name. This has been the case with some of our lines due to changes in naming formats before and after lines are released to the public.

    Most germplasm lines are identified by a combination of letters and numbers; in most cases the number part of the name is the part that uniquely identifies the stock. For example, if you are trying to find a line named SM_3_17168 but are getting no hits, try using the basic search with just the number at the end, e.g. 17168. We try to keep track of naming conventions but it can be difficult for us to keep up to date. If you are looking for a particular line that belongs to a collection, look for information on our collection pages to see if the name format has changed in any way.

    If you are still having problems, you can email us and ask about the stock you are trying to find.

  4. Summary results page

    The summary results page displays matches from the germplasm quick search page.

    Results are shown for individual stocks and where the query has matched text in the collection web pages (SALK, SAIL etc.).

    For individual stocks, fields in the database that produce a match, and the number of hits are shown. To view a detailed list of the stocks click on the 'Number of hits' link.

    For the collection pages, click on the link to go to the pages.

Advanced search page

  1. How to use the advanced search page

    The advanced search page enables you to carry out a more refined search. The advanced search can be used in two different ways depending on how accurately you want to search the database. The default behaviour is to perform an 'exact' match on the data you enter into the boxes; this means you can't use characters like '*' for a wildcard or multiple words in one box. For example, a search for 'epicuticular' in the phenotype field AND 'Conway' in the donor field will display instances only where both are found.

    You can change the search type to 'partial' using the drop down box. This will allow you to use the wildcard character '*' and put multiple words in a single box. For example, using a partial search you could put 'Apetala Eceriferum' in the name field and 'pet*' in the phenotype field - this would return all stocks that have apetala and/or eceriferum in the name field AND a phenotype containing 'petal', 'petals';, 'petioles', etc.

Ecotype search page

  1. How to use the ecotype search page

    See here.

Browse page

  1. How to use the browse page

    The browse page contains links to web pages for categories of lines and collections at NASC.