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deprecated Generic Feature Format Version 2

Abbreviation: GFF2

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This record was deprecated on Nov. 25, 2016 for the following reason(s): According to the GMOD website, this format has been superseded by GFF3 (

GFF2 is a supported format in GMOD, but it is now deprecated and if you have a choice you should use GFF3. Unfortunately, data is sometimes only available in GFF2 format. GFF2 has a number of shortcomings compared to GFF3. GFF2 can only represent 2 level feature hierarchies, while GFF3 can support arbitrary levels. GFF2 also does not require that column 3, the feature type, be part of the sequence ontology. It can be any string. This often led to quality control and data exchange problems. The GFF format is a flat tab-delimited file, each line of which corresponds to an annotation, or feature. Each line has nine columns.

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How to cite this record GFF2; Generic Feature Format Version 2; DOI:; Last edited: March 5, 2020, 11:35 a.m.; Last accessed: Jan 24 2022 10:58 a.m.

Record added: Nov. 25, 2016, 10:52 a.m.
Record updated: March 5, 2020, 11:35 a.m. by The FAIRsharing Team.

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The Triticeae Toolbox
The Triticeae Toolbox (T3) is a repository for public wheat data generated by the Wheat Coordinated Agricultural Project (Wheat CAP). Funding is provided by the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The current project is funded through NIFA's International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP) and part of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).

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