To manage expanding genebank it was necessary to prepare an information system enabling an effective care of collected resources. Another important feature is the presentation of accessions data of all concerned plants that are important for human nutrition. For this purpose in 2010 we implemented EGISET information system, which is still being developed and improved. Our system also allows free ordering of genetic material in the form of seeds, slips or microtubers. It serves breeders, researchers, farmers and hobbyists.
Documentation of collected germplasm include:
- Passport data of germplasm maintained both in ex situ collections (long-term storage, in vitro, liquid nitrogen) and in situ collections (field collections),
- Evaluation data describing species and variations,
- Condition of the samples (viability, water content).
- Enables seed distribution: you can search and order seed samples here; makes ordering samples easier: all you need to do is to accept Standard Material Transfer Agreement,
- Simplifies updating existing data,
- Manages the data generated by long-term storage: seed drying, seed viability, packing and storage, regeneration and multiplication,
- Gathers the information acquired during collecting missions,
- Provides access to passport data, evaluation data, photographs, publications etc. They are available here,
- Enables downloading search results as a file, so it is possible to analyze the data.
There are two types of EGISET users:
- Those, who implement the data
NCPGR employees manage taxonomy, information acquired during collecting missions, accession data, documentation of objects maintained in herbarium, packing and storage data, segetal plants distribution data, photographs etc. Curators implement passport data, characterisation and evaluation data.
- End-users, who search and use information
Scientists, breeders, hobbyists, academies, botanical gardens, museums and other institutions that are interested in biodiversity.