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A demonstration and awareness workshop on the IBP Breeding Management System (BMS) was organised for Grain Legumes National Agriculture Research System (NARS) partners.
The BMS is a suite of interconnected software specifically designed to help breeders manage their research activities through all phases of their breeding programme. The BMS allows to search germplasm and available studies in the database, visualise their pedigrees graphically, access historical performance and create custom germplasm lists for breeding programmes. BMS also supports the creation of experimental designs, the generation of field maps, barcode labels, nursery advancement, templates for handheld devices, and basic statistical analysis. Steps of the breeding data management process, streamlining pedigree management, and data curation and standardisation were presented in the workshop.
“Modernisation of breeding does not mean only using molecular markers in breeding programmes. It also includes the use of decision support and data management tools,” said Dr Rajeev Varshney, Research Program Director- Grain Legumes and Co-Coordinator of the IBP Regional Hub in South & South-East Asia.
Dr Stefania Grando, Research Program Director- Dryland Cereals, Co-coordinator, IBP Regional Hub in South & South-East Asia, said, “Phenotyping, in addition to genotyping, is an important activity for the modernisation of breeding, and we need to take care of all these activities in a precise manner.”
NARS partners present at the workshop were from the Indian Institute of Pulses Research (IIPR), Kanpur; the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi; the Directorate of Groundnut Research (DGR), Junagadh; the Rajasthan Agricultural Research Institute (RARI), Durgapura; the Junagadh Agricultural University (JAU), Junagadh; the RAK College of Agriculture (RAKCA), Sehore; Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya (BCKV), Nadia, as well as from ICARDA.
The one-day program was conducted at ICRISAT in India on 7 July 2015, with the presence of several other scientists from ICRISAT as part of the programme.
This workshop is part of the CGIAR Research Programs Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals.