Many vocabularies and ontologies are produced to represent and annotate agronomic data. Therefore, there is a need of a common platform to identify, host and use them in agro-informatics application. The AgroPortal project aims to offer a reference ontology repository for agronomy, reusing the NCBO BioPortal technology. The scientific outcomes and the experience of the biomedical domain are thus exploited and transposed in the agronomy domain, including plants, food, environment and possibly animal sciences. We offer an ontology portal which features ontology hosting, search, versioning, visualization, comment, recommendation, enables semantic annotation, as well as storing and exploiting ontology alignments. All of these within a fully semantic web compliant infrastructure. The AgroPortal specifically pays attention to respect the requirements of the agronomic community in terms of ontology formats (e.g., SKOS, trait dictionaries) or supported features. AgroPortal project is based on five driving agronomic use cases which participate in the design and orientation of the platform. AgroPortal already offers a robust and stable reference repository highly valuable for the agronomic domain.

Use cases

New features

See the release notes


The National Center For Biomedical Ontology (NCBO), Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), Research Data Alliance (RDA), Bioversity International, Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO), Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition (Godan Action), Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)


The AgroPortal is partly achieved within the Semantic Indexing of French biomedical Resources (SIFR) project that received funding from the EU H2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie (grant 701771) and the French National Research Agency (grant ANR-12-JS02-01001), the NUMEV Labex (grant ANR-10-LABX-20), Labex Agro (ANR-10-LABX-0001), the Computational Biology Institute of Montpellier (grant ANR-11-BINF-0002) as well as by University of Montpellier and the CNRS. We also thank the National Center for Biomedical Ontologies for help and time spent with us in deploying the AgroPortal.


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Previous Team Members

How to Cite AgroPortal

Clément Jonquet, Anne Toulet, Elizabeth Arnaud, Sophie Aubin, Esther Dzalé Yeumo, Vincent Emonet, John Graybeal, Marie-Angélique Laporte, Mark A. Musen, Valeria Pesce, Pierre Larmande. AgroPortal: A vocabulary and ontology repository for agronomy in COMPAG 2018