Manuel Ruiz - CIRAD

Manuel Ruiz

Phd in bioinformatics, University of Montpellier, France

Head of the Bioinformatics team "Data Integration" of the Joint Research Unit Genetic Improvement and Adaptation of Mediterranean and Tropical Plants, Montpellier, France (2007-now), and Associate Member of Staff of the CIAT (Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical), Cali, Colombia (2013-now)

Scientific manager of the South Green Bioinformatics Platform

His research interests are: (i) Knowledge representation, management of data related to genetics and plant genomics, (ii) Semantic Web for information systems interoperability, and (iii) Comparative genomics and automatic annotations of genomes.

He is an author of 38 scientific publications in international peer-reviewed journals.



The South Green Bioinformatics platform, a comprehensive resource for crop genomics

Analysis and visualization of massive genomics datasets are an ongoing trend in plant sciences. The South Green Bioinformatics platform provides an ecosystem of tools that were originally developed as independent entities to fulfill the need for specific projects or crops, but have evolved over time to generic tools to comprehensively study crop genomics.
We have built a large panel of public information systems dedicated to specialized datasets (markers, genes, gene families, transcriptomes, genotypes, phenotypes, etc.) and crop-specific resources called Genome Hubs. Target users of bioinformatic analytical workflows are usually divided between people who use command-line and those who do not. We addressed both categories by offering complementary solutions, like Galaxy-based and command-line applications.
Various groups used the South Green infrastructure to obtain their data and results, and were able to publish high-quality biological information, on Coffee genome, Banana, Cocoa, African rice or large transcriptome resources. Tools developed for these studies are adaptable to a wide range of other organisms.