By Toni Collis, Applications Consultant
The Ionomics Hub (iHUB), a collaborative international network for ionomics, is a science community web portal that promotes knowledge extraction and reuse of ionomic data. The iHUB contains ionomic information on over 300,000 plant and yeast samples. Ionomics is the measurement of the total elemental composition of an organism which coupled to genetics provides a powerful tool to understand important biological processes and problems. A better understanding of the mechanisms regulating the ionome offers potentially new approaches to manipulate such agriculturally important traits as salinity tolerance and mineral nutrient efficiency to develop crop varieties that are more resilient to the predicted impacts of climate change on soil fertility. Further, it will allow improvement in crop yields in a more sustainable manner to deliver the yield gains required to meet future population growth. Together with the Software Sustainability Institute, David E Salt, the Director of iHUB and Professor of Genome-Enabled Biology in the Division of Plant and Crop Science based at the University of Nottingham wants to ensure that this valuable resource continues to operate and is maintained for years to come.
A major challenge to the reproducibility of science is the provenance of data. Sharing this data also…Continue Reading