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Fauna Europaea

Provides a web-based information infrastructure with an index of scientific names animals. Fauna Europaea identifies and catalogues the components of European biodiversity into a single database to serve as a basic tool for science and conservation policies. This resource aims to establish a taxonomic standard for Europe on terrestrial and freshwater animal taxonomy, includes a widely shared scientific consensus, contains highly scrutinised data and is commonly used as a reference file in zoo-taxonomy.

GGBN / Global Genome Biodiversity Network

Permits the use of samples and data by providing standardized access to genome-quality samples and related data. The GGBN Data Portal (i) allows a quick assessment of whether adequate samples are available and accessible for a specific project, (ii) identifies gaps in current sampling of a tree based on combined taxonomic backbones, and (iii) guides future strategic sampling, thus providing the necessary tools to save the genetic blueprint of threatened biodiversity.

BacDive / Bacterial Diversity Metadatabase

Provides strain-linked information about bacterial and archaeal biodiversity. The range of data encompasses taxonomy, morphology, physiology, sampling and concomitant environmental conditions as well as molecular biology. The majority of data is manually annotated and curated. Currently (with release 9/2015), BacDive covers 53,978 strains. Newly implemented RESTful web services provide instant access to the content in machine-readable XML and JSON format. Besides an overall increase of data content, BacDive offers new data fields and features, e.g. the search for gene names, plasmids or 16S rRNA in the advanced search, as well as improved linkage of entries to external life science web resources.

TriatoKey

Helps healthcare technicians to overcome the difficulties to identify triatomine vectors when the technical expertise is missing. TriatoKey offers a web app and a mobile app that employs a series of “yes” or “no” questions conducting the user in direction of the correct species or taxon identification. At the end of the classification process, the software presents a list including scientific names and pictures of potential candidates that would match the given characteristics.

BeeDeeM / Bioinformatics Databank Manager Software

Provides a suite of command-line and UI softwares to install and use major sequence databanks and biological classifications. BeeDeeM is a general purpose Bioinformatics Databank Manager. It automatically performs the download of the database files from remote sites (via FTP), the decompression of the files (gzip files), the un-archiving of the files (tar files), the conversion of native sequence banks (e.g. Genbank) to FASTA files, the preparation of databases in BLAST format from native sequence bank formats, the indexing of Genbank, Refseq, Embl, Genpept, Swissprot, TrEmbl, Fasta, Silva and BOLD files allowing their efficient querying by way of sequence identifiers, the indexing of sequence features and ontologies data (NCBI Taxonomy, Gene Ontology, Enzyme Commission and Intepro domains), the preparation of taxonomic subsets out of annotated sequence banks, the filtering of sequence banks with user-defined constraints.

MicRhoDE

A comprehensive, high-quality and freely accessible database that facilitates analysis of the diversity and evolution of microbial rhodopsins. Rhodopsin sequences isolated from a vast array of marine and terrestrial environments were manually collected and curated. To each rhodopsin sequence are associated related metadata, including predicted spectral tuning of the protein, putative activity and function, taxonomy for sequences that can be linked to a 16S rRNA gene, sampling date and location, and supporting literature. MicRhoDE currently covers 7,857 aligned sequences from more than 450 environmental samples or organisms.

SWMD / Seaweed Metabolite Database

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Gathers comprehensive information about marine chemicals. SWMD targets bioactive compounds that focus on the pharmaceutical market, along with the spectrum of biological activities. It contains data about 37 different species of Laurencia and other genera. This database provides information concerning molecular weight, Monoisotopic Mass, Molar Refractivity, number of rotatable bonds, calculated LogP, number of hydrogen-bond donors, number of hydrogen-bond acceptors, Polar Surface Area and Van der Waals surface area.

GBIF / Global Biodiversity Information Facility

Allows user to access data about any types of organism. GBIF is an international open data infrastructure. It operates with a network of nodes and coordinates the biodiversity information facilities of countries and organizations. This online resource enables the access of more than 1.6 million species, collected over three centuries of natural history exploration. It also includes current observations from citizen scientists, researchers and automated monitoring programs.