Welcome to the Cyanohub Database Home
This is a placeholder for a searchable database of algae organisms and their genes collected by scientists from the University of Michigan, the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab, and other research organizations and agencies.
Our database is being developed under Neo4j, which utilizes graph database technology to provide us with insights into potential relationships between seemingly unrelated organisms, genes, and other observed/sampled algae-related life forms.
The database is intended to be a single location that scientists can get cyanobacteria and Great Lakes specific genomic information. This includes, but is not limited to, links between specific cyanobacteria strains their genes and environmental metadata, links between different strains based on gene content and expression, and the ability to get sequences from identified genes or relationships. Users are anticipated to begin a search of the database with one of two main queries:
- Given a specific strain (starting point), identify certain genes or functions.
- Search for a gene or function (starting point) to identify strains, environments, or locations that contain such genes/functions.
This database will be markedly different from current sites like NCBI and IMG that act more as repositories for sequence data, which while searchable, provide little to no information regarding cross-strain relationships and the metadata behind such relationships. Our database is built around gene-content specific relationships between multiple strains of cyanobacteria with the capability of incorporating new strains over time to add newly sequenced genomes (more environments etc.). Existing data/relationships will be preserved while adding more information to expand the database without the need for intensive computation and re-building the entire database each time new genomes become available.
Displayed below is a table of known strains currently in our database, with a sample location where they were spotted.
Table of cultured Microcystis strains
|NCBI Tax. ID||No. Genes (documented)|
|PCC_9443||CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC||Yes||5.1||1160281||5139|