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To ensure that the genes described in your paper are unambiguously identified, include the systematic locus identifier for that locus. If you have identified a new gene that does not yet have a an AGI locus ID, please contact TAIR curators PRIOR to publishing your gene. TAIR, and other resources, use text mining to associate publications to biological entities in databases (e.g. genes and proteins). In the absence of a unique identifier such as an AGI locus code or UniProt ID, text mining software cannot distinguish between  CCR1 and CCR1. To ensure that your published data can be curated and accurately linked to a database record, use the AGI locus ID.


There is an established nomenclature for genes, proteins and alleles for Arabidopsis thaliana. For example, alleles are lowercase and distinguished by a dash and number (abc2-1, abc2-2). Again, check and make sure that the name is not already in use.

Naming and re-naming T-DNA insertion lines

There is a difference between a stock/germplasm and the specific T-DNA insertion that is causal for a phenotype. Therefore when referencing an allele please include the specific polymorphism and not just the name of the ABRC/NASC stock because many ABRC/NASC T-DNA stocks contain multiple insertions. Before naming your allele, check to see if it already has a name in TAIR or in the literature. At TAIR, we will update the allele name with the newly published name. If you have an allele/polymorphism/phenotype that does not already exist in TAIR, please send us the information.