All activities of the breeding cycle in just on place
The BMS provides various applications to help manage all of your day-to-day tasks throughout every event of the breeding season. This Breeding Activities set includes:
The Germplasm List Manager is at the heart of the functional applications of the BMS. It manages sets of germplasm strains used for all functions of the breeding program: import lists, parental lists, segregating populations, advance lists, inventory lists, genotyping lists, trial entries and seed shipment lists.
Lists are managed in a customisable hierarchical tree to facilitate easy browsing. Create and save new lists by drawing from existing germplasm in the public and programme crop databases using a drag-and-drop interface; view many germplasm properties during list creation, such as pedigree or passport and seed inventory information; and specify seed quantities to be taken from specific seed lots for planting or shipping.
"The Germplasm List Manager handles all the necessary features and functionality to effectively manage lists in just one place – such as the ability to group them into folders, for example – making it a very complete solution for users to create, read, update and delete their lists."
– Clarissa Pimentel, Data Manager/ Training Specialist, IBP Development Team
The Crossing Manager interacts with the List Manager to allow you to identify female and male parent lists, specify combinations between entries, track pedigrees and create new lists of germplasm based on crosses. The Crossing Manager also allows you to specify parent lists and crosses manually and to upload a nursery template file to create crossing lists.
"The generation of new segregating populations is one of the most important steps in a breeding program. Crossing Manager provides an efficient tool to design crosses as well as initiate the pedigree records of lines derived from those crosses." — Hamer Paschal, Phd, Plant Breeding Consultant.
The Nursery Manager facilitates population development by interacting with the List Manager and the Ontology Manager to produce nursery books and labels for seed packets and nursery plots, so that populations can be grown, characterised, selected and advanced. It allows the specification and lay-out of check entries and the collection of data and selection decisions to produce new lists of germplasm for the next generation. The Nursery Manager also interacts with the seed inventory to record available seed stocks.
"The Nursery Manager brings an excellent novel functionality to the BMS. As a Crop Database Manager who has been working closely with breeders, I believe it simplifies the breeding pathways in developing new crop varieties. The process is simple, reproducible and provides a high degree of precision in data collection and storage."
— Dr Adeyemi Olojede , Coordinator, Cassava Research Programme / Crop Database Manager, National Root Crops Research Institute, Nigeria
The trial manager helps you design trials for the evaluation of germplasm. It merges a list of germplasm entries with a set of traits to be observed and provides randomised field lay-outs for one or more trial environments.
The trait list and trial structure can be inherited from a ‘template’ trial or any previously conducted trial. New traits can be added to a trial and planting, plot and harvest labels can be designed and printed. A basic set of trial designs are supported, including randomised complete block designs (RCBD), incomplete block designs and row and column designs.
The Integrated Breeding Fieldbook lets you add nurseries and trials to the programme database and develop field maps as well as labels with barcodes to assist planting.
Fieldbooks can be exported as excel files or to a variety of third party hand-held applications for data collection: Fieldlog from IRRI, Fielddroid from CIMMYT, DataKapture from DArT and the KSU Fieldbook, which are designed to easily capture data in the field and then seamlessly transfer it back into the BMS IB FieldBook.
"The label printing tool offers remarkable flexibility when designing and printing labels for the necessary steps of seed preparation, nursery and trial management of a breeding programme. The barcode option is a must for increasing automation and accuracy of lab and field operations."
–Magni Bjarnason, Independent Consultant Breeder, Crop Improvement