If data is lost, or ends up being seen by a competitor, disaster can result. The knowledge as to what parents are being used in crosses is critical and often top-secret.
There are seed companies where the seed multiplication, sales and marketing staff use expensive and very current software. Meanwhile the breeders in the same company are still primarily using spreadsheets. Think about it – the breeders who develop the hybrids… Read More ›
If a potential buyer asks the value of your germplasm, are you prepared to give a response, and do you have the data to back it up? Any experienced breeder can look at the data and get a sense of how the program has been managed.
The way to do this is with good database software designed specifically for plant breeding. To make the best decisions you MUST use all possible data available, if not it could be costly.
My daughter had been telling me for a while to buy a compact SUV, I finally relented and almost immediately ran into a problem. Should I read the manual?
Think: If you could take any experimental design and with one click expand it out three years or five years. Not only that, but when you analyze the data, all the means are stored for every location and every year.
when I was conducting yield trials as a plant breeder, drought seemed imminent a few months after planting. Rather than lose the entire trial, I requested sprinkler irrigation at the research station. Unfortunately, water pressure to the far end of the station wasn’t ideal, and there wasn’t a perfect fit for one of the pipe connections.