The PAMGO consortium aspires to develop precisely defined GO terms that describe biological processes involved in the interaction of microbes with their hosts. Those created will include broad terms that encompass the interactions of symbionts (from mutualists to pathogens) with their hosts (plant or animal) as well as child terms more relevant to specific host kingdoms and specific microbial symbionts (more information on PAMGO)
Who is PAMGO:
The PAMGO Consortium is made up of scientists from 6 institutions involved in genome projects for a range of prokaryotic and eukaryotic plant pathogens (more information on the people involved)
Term development by the PAMGO consortium:
2005 - broad ranging discussion about terms related to pathogenicity and symbiosis followed by developement and acceptance of 35 new terms under the parent term GO:0051701: Interaction with host (view a subset of these terms)
2006 - draft list of several hundred "child" terms of the original 35
Our long term goal:
To achieve comprehensive GO annotation of gene products for plant-associated microbes so that researchers can rapidly and comprehensively identify gene products from multiple genomes, regardless of structural similarity, that share the same biological process, molecular function, and/or cellular component.