GRIN-Global Community Edition: Facilitating genebank data management
All genebanks need sound data management to keep track of the inventories of seeds in their cold rooms and fields, and of all their interlinked processes. They also need to provide a searchable catalog for users to select the materials they want to order.
GGCE is an up-to-date, open-source, freely downloadable genebank information management software package that addresses some of the gaps in functionality of its predecessor, GRIN-Global. GGCE, for example, closely integrates barcoding and use of hand-held devices, and works well with both seed collections and tissue-culture samples alike. Barcoding helps reduce the need for staff to manually write notes or labels, which increases accuracy and helps avoid mislabeling.
Speaking a common language
While GGCE can be tailored for use with any genebank collection, applying its default, standardized terms for commonly used data will assist genebank management in many ways. For instance, all genebanks need to indicate to users if seed samples are “available” for distribution, but currently use different terms for this. There are also several different words in use in different systems for sets of seeds, such as “lots”, “batches”, “inventories”. Standardizing the terminology used will greatly facilitate exchange of data and collaboration among genebanks.
GGCE also allows genebanks to automatically track over time the progress of their collection management activities, such as seed viability testing and regeneration, with an easy-to-use, color-coded system, enabling better scheduling. Ultimately, it will help ensure seed samples are not lost because a crucial maintenance activity was accidentally missed or delayed.
A community effort
The development of GGCE is coordinated at the Crop Trust in collaboration with the Community of Practice on (genebank) Data Management, which was begun under the Genebank Platform. All 11 CGIAR genebanks involved in the Genebank Platform have a test version of GGCE up and running and are in the process of evaluating the system.
- Bioversity International
- International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
- International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
- International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
- International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
- International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
- International Potato Center (CIP)
- International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
- International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
- World Agroforestry Center
7 Jan 2022
17 Aug 2016