Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) is a model plant of the Solanaceae family. Various biological aspects of tomato, such as the mechanisms of its development and physiology, have been investigated with molecular biological approaches. In addition, the number of genome sequences and expression sequence tags in the International Nucleotide Sequence Databases has been rapidly increasing. Genome and transcript sequence data have facilitated other large-scale omics studies using bioinformatics analyses. Recently, omics data, including experimental materials, sequences, gene expression, gene and protein functions, and metabolic pathways have become available from various web databases. This wealth of comprehensive online resources allows for the extraction of essential new biological information. In this review, we summarize the current status of omics databases for tomato researchers.
2009 by Japanese Society for Horticultural Science