To keep track of the increasingly large amounts of data from studies
conducted using new gene editing tools, researchers at the at the Boyce
Thompson Institute (BTI) developed the Plant Genome Editing Database (PGED)
to be a central repository for efficiently managing plant mutant data, as
well as to provide a platform for sharing the data and mutants with the
PGED will help lead to more efficient use of resources by reducing
unnecessary duplicate experiments and catalyzing collaborations among
research institutions. To help spread the word about the database's
creation, the researchers recently published a call for data submission to
PGED in the journal Molecular Plant.
The database currently contains data generated by BTI's Greg Martin lab on
432 tomato lines created with CRIPR-Cas9 editing. Martin notes that while
CRISPR-Cas-generated lines are the main focus of PGED, it can also be used
for plant mutants generated by other genome editing tools like
meganucleases, zinc finger nucleases (ZFNs), and transcription
activator-like nucleases (TALENs).