The microbial world provides an abundant source of biological catalysts for chemicals of medical and economic interest such as pharmaceuticals and biofuels. However, a sustainable resource for systems biology, that integrates experimental and predicted data on microbial metabolism, is still lacking. This Implementation Study defines the requirements for a European Bioinformatics resource for microbial metabolism as well as providing a practical demonstration of how existing funded resources from ELIXIR partners could be integrated to meet those needs.
This Study brings together complimentary data types:
- microbial genomes and genes
- protein function annotation
- enzymatic reactions
- metabolic pathways
- metabolic models
These connections via RDF standards have many underpinning implications in medicine and economy such as pharmaceuticals and biofuels.
This study has now been completed, the end report is available here.
An article in the ELIXIR F1000R gateway will be made available shortly.