The article and the comments clearly indicate that a loss of TAIR will have a significant and strongly negative impact on plant biology. Also GABI-Kat relies on data from TAIR and from MATDB (the Ath database version from MIPS/GSF/HZM). The recent update of SimpleSearch also covered updating links to TAIR and MATDB, and removed dead links to TIRG websites. A stable reference database for THE model organism in plant biology is required, and it should not be just one!

The SimpleSearch update addressed the accessibility of information regarding insertions which failed in our confirmation process, and also the visualization of already confirmed and donated alleles versus insertions that still need to be confirmed. We have changed the color code for the "triangle flags" - see here for details. Insertions that are not studied yet and which are available for ordering are shown in green as before.

While working on the improved detection of "contamination groups" (see FAQ 10), we found a number of seed requests in which users did not order all members of the respective contamination group (FAQ 10). Most of these lines are now already at NASC, but we are sending out emails that tell about the availability of the requested insertion allele, although this allele has been confirmed in a line that has not been ordered.

The update of contaminations (see FAQ entry No 10) are linked to the corresponding confirmed line. The graphic view page shows which insertions are already confirmed and donated to NASC (blue), and which insertions failed to confirm (red). Insertions that are not studied yet and which are available for ordering are shown in green as before. This color-code is used on the search-result pages as well.
In the transition phase it may happen that not all new features work as expected.

A total of 99 newly confirmed GABI-Kat lines have been donated to NASC. This donation batch contains 1.388 individual T3 seed bags (99 T3-sets). In total, 7.724 T3-sets of which each represents a single GABI-Kat line have been donated so far. One line, which turned out to be a false-positive, has been retired at NASC.

After many years of continued effort, we can now also accept payment by credit card. Only VISA and MASTER are possible, but that's better than before! The details of the procedure are described in FAQ entry No 25

A total of 98 newly confirmed GABI-Kat lines have been donated to NASC. This donation batch contains 1.447 individual T3 seed bags (98 T3-sets). In total, 7.626 T3-sets of which each represents a single GABI-Kat line have been donated so far.

The delays in delivery of seed of confirmed lines and in Email replies to questions sent to the info mailbox caused by holidays are being almost resolved. Quite some seed will leave the lab this week.