NEW YORK, July 13 (GenomeWeb News) - Making good on a promise it made four months ago, the National Corn Growers Association said today that Ceres, Monsanto, and Pioneer Hi-Bred International have deposited their maize genome sequence data to a public database for use by non-profit researchers.
The database, http://www.maizeseq.org, is hosted at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis. Scientists can access the data after completing a licensing agreement at the NCGA website. Access to the data is limited to researchers in not-for-profit institutions.
NCGA first announced that it would release the maize sequence data in March.
The organization anticipates that the data from the industry consortium will complement corn sequence already in the public domain, and will enable the corn genome to be completely sequenced by 2007 -- "potentially years ahead of when it would have been completed without this initiative," NCGA said.