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Accessing Plant Genome Databases From Internet-Enabled Mobile Handheld Devices

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Computers in Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4th World Congress Conference, Proceedings of the 24-26 July 2006 (Orlando, Florida USA) Publication Date 24 July 2006  701P0606.(doi:10.13031/2013.21881)
Authors:   Sheng-Chien Lee, Wen-Chen Hu, Melanie J. Correll and Jiannong Xin
Keywords:   Bioinformatics, mobile Internet, Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), Wireless Markup Language (WML), Web services, ASP.NET

Agricultural scientists currently use desk- or lap-top computers to perform genomic research with on-line databases provided by data acquisition centers such as NCBI or plant-specific databases such as TAIR. However, these researchers are often located at remote sites, distant from any computers. In this case, the databases can not be accessed and the research is postponed until computers and internet service become available. Recently, the emergence of wireless and mobile networks has made possible the extension of web-enabled databases to wider applications and locations. The research proposed here provides a method to facilitate on-line searching of biological databases used in agriculture through the use of mobile, handheld devices such as personal digital assistants (PDAs) and smart phones. The technologies involved include: Web services, WAP, WML, and handheld computing. We demonstrate the application of this technology to a plant-based query and compare the computer and handheld device user-interfaces. These mobile applications not only substantially improve agriculture genome research by simplifying user interfaces, but also provide a convenient, searchable resource in remote locations.

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