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Soybean ‘Big Data’ Online

June 16, 2014

MU professor Trupti Joshi developed the the Soybean Knowledge Base (SoyKB), a free online database that will allow greater collaboration among international researchers, scientists and farmers to solve questions encountered in soybean research.

Story By: MU News Bureau

COLUMBIA, Mo. – In the era of “big data,” many scientific discoveries are being made without researchers ever stepping foot in traditional laboratories. Often, data from numerous experiments is gathered and disregarded, with only the desired results analyzed. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have developed the digital infrastructure needed to store previously disregarded data to take plant science to the next level. The Soybean Knowledge Base (SoyKB), a free online data resource, allows collaboration among international researchers, scientists and farmers to solve questions encountered in soybean research.

“Researchers essentially deposit their results from experiments into the database, and high capacity computer systems crunch the numbers to help determine results,” said Trupti Joshi, assistant research professor in computer science at the College of Engineering at MU. “Their experiments become a part of the bigger picture allowing future researchers to narrow their own results.” More…