The Plant Phenology Ontology: A New Informatics Resource for Large-Scale Integration of Plant Phenology Data
AffiliationUniv Arizona, USA Natl Phenol Network
Univ Arizona, CyVerse
USA National Phenology Network
Pan-European Phenology Network
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PublisherFRONTIERS MEDIA SA
CitationStucky BJ, Guralnick R, Deck J, Denny EG, Bolmgren K and Walls R (2018) The Plant Phenology Ontology: A New Informatics Resource for Large-Scale Integration of Plant Phenology Data. Front. Plant Sci. 9:517. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2018.00517
JournalFRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE
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AbstractPlant phenology - the timing of plant life-cycle events, such as flowering or leafing out - plays a fundamental role in the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems, including human agricultural systems. Because plant phenology is often linked with climatic variables, there is widespread interest in developing a deeper understanding of global plant phenology patterns and trends. Although phenology data from around the world are currently available, truly global analyses of plant phenology have so far been difficult because the organizations producing large-scale phenology data are using non-standardized terminologies and metrics during data collection and data processing. To address this problem, we have developed the Plant Phenology Ontology (PPO). The PPO provides the standardized vocabulary and semantic framework that is needed for large-scale integration of heterogeneous plant phenology data. Here, we describe the PPO, and we also report preliminary results of using the PPO and a new data processing pipeline to build a large dataset of phenology information from North America and Europe.
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SponsorsU.S. Geological Survey [G16AC00268]; U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) [NSF-SAVI 1321595]; NSF [DBI-0735191, DBI-1265383]
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