BGI-RISe - Beijing Genomics Institute Rice Information System

NAR Molecular Biology Database Collection entry number 418
Zhao W.1, Wang J.2, He X.1, Huang X.1, Jiao Y.1, Dai M.1, Wei S.1, Fu J.1, Chen Y.1, Ren X.1, Zhang Y.1,2, Ni P.1, Zhang J.1, Li S.1,2, Wang J.1, Wong G.K.-S.1,3, Zhao H.4, Yu J.1, Yang H.1 and Wang J.1
1Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing Airport Industrial Zone-B6, Beijing 101300, China
2College of Life Sciences, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
3University of Washington Genome Center, Department of Medicine, Seattle, WA 98195, USA
4Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, New Haven, CT 06520-8034, USA

Database Description

Rice is a major food staple for the world's population and serves as a model species in cereal genome research. The Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) has long been devoting itself to sequencing, information analysis and biological research of the rice and other crop genomes. In order to facilitate the application of the rice genomic information and to provide a foundation for functional and evolutionary studies of other important cereal crops, we implemented our Rice Information System (BGI-RIS), the most up-to-date integrated information resource as well as a workbench for comparative genomic analysis. In addition to comprehensive data from Oryza sativa L. ssp. indica sequenced by BGI, BGI-RIS also hosts carefully curated genome information from Oryza sativa L. ssp. japonica and EST sequences available from other cereal crops. In this resource, sequence contigs of indica (93-11) have been further assembled into Mbp-sized scaffolds and anchored onto the rice chromosomes referenced to physical/genetic markers, cDNAs and BAC-end sequences. We have annotated the rice genomes for gene content, repetitive elements, gene duplications (tandem and segmental) and single nucleotide polymorphisms between rice subspecies. Designed as a basic platform, BGI-RIS presents the sequenced genomes and related information in systematic and graphical ways for the convenience of in-depth comparative studies.


Most of this work was jointly sponsored by Chinese Academy of Sciences, Commission for Economy Planning, Ministry of Science and Technology and National Natural Science Foundation of China.


1. Zhao, W., Wang, J., He, X., Huang, X., Jiao, Y., Dai, M., Wei, S., Fu, J., Chen, Y., Ren, X. et al. (2004) BGI-RIS: an integrated information resource and comparative analysis workbench for rice genomics. Nucleic Acids Res, 32, D377-D382.

Category: Plant databases
Subcategory: Rice

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