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Plant Ontology defined stages of plant lifecycle can provide clues for defining aging stages in humans

Prof. Barry Smith from the University of Buffalo, NY, delivered a Keynote address at the 2013 Rostock Symposium on Systems Biology and Bioinformatics in Ageing Research. He examined definitions of terms central to aging research in the Gene Ontology (GO), the Foundational Model of Anatomy Ontology (FMA) and the Plant Ontology (PO). His talk shows how the Plant Ontology definition of stages in the plant life cycle can be used as a starting point for an understanding of the aging stage in humans.

Talk source: YouTube.
Gene Ontology (GO): http://geneontology.org
FMA Ontology: http://sig.biostr.washington.edu/proj...
Plant Ontology (PO): http://www.plantontology.org/
Selaginella apoda lifecycle video: Original version
Selaginella apoda lifecycle video*: Version with Plant Ontology annotations

*This video was edited and annotated using Plant Ontology terms by the PO curator Laurel Cooper.

International Coordination Meeting for Ontology-Based Efforts for Plant Biology

A meeting to promote the coordination of the Gene, Protein, and Plant Ontologies and of other reference ontologies used in plant biology wa sheld on May 15 and 16, 2013 in Amherst (Buffalo) NY. Major goals of the meeting were:

  • To inform members of the Protein, Plant, Gene Ontology and related communities of developments in their respective ontologies in order to promote cross-ontology coordination. Specifically (1) to enhance the treatment of plant-related proteins in the Protein Ontology and (2) to address issues concerning reuse of GO terms to describe plant-related entities, for example in the treatment of plant life cycle and development stages.
  • To address general issues which arise when ontologies need to be extended to cover multiple species of organisms
  • To contribute to the cROP (Common Reference Ontologies for Plants) initiative
  • To contribute to the ontological understanding of phenotype and disease across organisms.
  • To identify potentially fruitful applications which enhanced ontology coordination might bring.

Meeting was attended by the participants representing the Protein Ontology, Plant Ontology, Gene Ontology, ChEBI, OBO Foundry, and the University of Buffalo.

For more information on the meeting and accessing the presentations, please visit the meeting website.

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