EMBL-ABR: UWA Node uwalogo

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is one of Australia’s leading universities and has an international reputation for excellence in teaching, learning and research. It is home to a number of industry-based research centres and institutes, and is affiliated with many others across the country. The EMBL-ABR: UWA Node includes research groups with valuable experience and knowledge of complex plant genomes not found anywhere else in Australia. This Node is vital to several international plant genome assembly efforts involving model species such as Arabidopsis and crop species such as wheat. Knowledge, tools, platforms and data from groups within the UWA Node have contributed significantly to collaborative international scientific efforts and will broaden and strengthen the reach and relevance of the EMBL-ABR network.



The UWA Node is engaged in a diverse range of projects that collect, curate and host data while providing powerful tools specifically developed to enable interaction with the publically available data:

– Raw wheat proteome data will be available online and proteomic mappings of various tissues will be released as a web based tool.

– SUBA3, the SUBcellular protein localisation database for proteins

– cropPAL, the compendium of Crop Proteins with Annotated Locations

– Whiteflybase hosts curated barcode sequence data and nomenclatural information for Bemisia tabaci species

– plant stress methylome browsers presenting A. thaliana and O. sativa data, with more species to come.

– herbicide discovery tool to visualise and interpret the physicochemical properties of herbicides

– QTLNetMiner, a graph-database for biological information with B. oleracea and C. arietinum instances hosted at UWA, with more to come.

EMBL-icon-platforms UWA hosts genome databases displaying predicted genes and other annotations for reference genome assemblies of several species including C. arietinum, B. oleracea, T. aestivum, B. napus and seagrass as they become available.

The WheatIs portal collates biological resources and bioinformatics tools for wheat research community and is hosted at UWA.

EMBL-icon-training A non-model de novo transcriptomics workshop has been developed and will be rolled out across Australia. New bioinformatics training materials under development will be made public in a central repository in liaison with EMBL-ABR network and ABACBS.


Prof David Edwards

School of Plant Biology

University of Western Australia


+61 8 6488 2415