Journal Article

SeedStor: A Germplasm Information Management System and Public Database

RSP Horler, AS Turner, P Fretter and M Ambrose

in Plant and Cell Physiology

Published on behalf of Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists

Volume 59, issue 1, pages e5-e5
Published in print January 2018 | ISSN: 0032-0781
Published online December 2017 | e-ISSN: 1471-9053 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/pcp/pcx195
SeedStor: A Germplasm Information Management System and Public Database

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SeedStor (https://www.seedstor.ac.uk) acts as the publicly available database for the seed collections held by the Germplasm Resources Unit (GRU) based at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK. The GRU is a national capability supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). The GRU curates germplasm collections of a range of temperate cereal, legume and Brassica crops and their associated wild relatives, as well as precise genetic stocks, near-isogenic lines and mapping populations. With >35,000 accessions, the GRU forms part of the UK’s plant conservation contribution to the Multilateral System (MLS) of the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) for wheat, barley, oat and pea. SeedStor is a fully searchable system that allows our various collections to be browsed species by species through to complicated multipart phenotype criteria-driven queries. The results from these searches can be downloaded for later analysis or used to order germplasm via our shopping cart. The user community for SeedStor is the plant science research community, plant breeders, specialist growers, hobby farmers and amateur gardeners, and educationalists. Furthermore, SeedStor is much more than a database; it has been developed to act internally as a Germplasm Information Management System that allows team members to track and process germplasm requests, determine regeneration priorities, handle cost recovery and Material Transfer Agreement paperwork, manage the Seed Store holdings and easily report on a wide range of the aforementioned tasks.

Keywords: Database; Germplasm; Information management; Pea; Seed Bank; Small grain cereals

Journal Article.  4231 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Molecular Biology and Genetics ; Biotechnology ; Biochemistry ; Bioinformatics and Computational Biology ; Molecular and Cell Biology ; Plant Sciences and Forestry ; Plant Physiology

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