A demonstration and awareness workshop on Breeding Management System (BMS) of Integrated Breeding Platform (IBP) for Grain Legumes was organized for National Agriculture Research System (NARS) partners.

BMS is a suite of interconnected software specifically designed to help breeders manage their research activities through all phases of their breeding program. BMS allows to search the germplasm and available studies in the database, visualize their pedigrees graphically, access historical performance and create custom germplasm lists for breeding programs. BMS also supports creation of experimental designs, generation of field maps, barcode labels, nurseries advancement, templates for handheld devices and basic statistical analysis. Steps in the breeding data management process, streamlining pedigree management, its curation and standardization were presented in the workshop.

“Modernization of breeding does not mean only using molecular markers in breeding programs. It also includes use of decision support and data management tools,” said Dr Rajeev Varshney, Research Program Director- Grain Legumes and Co-Coordinator of IBP Regional Hub Asia.

Dr Stefania Grando, Research Program Director- Dryland Cereals, Co-coordinator, IBP Regional Hub Asia, said, “Phenotyping in addition to genotyping is an important activity for modernization of breeding and we need to take care of all these activities in a precise manner.”

NARS partners present at the workshop were from Indian Institute of Pulses Research (IIPR), Kanpur; Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi; Directorate of Groundnut Research (DGR), Junagadh; Rajasthan Agricultural Research Institute (RARI), Durgapura; Junagadh Agricultural University (JAU), Junagadh; RAK College of Agriculture (RAKCA), Sehore; and Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya (BCKV), Nadia, as well as participants from ICARDA.

The one-day program was conducted at ICRISAT India on 7 July. This workshop is part of the CGIAR Research Programs Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals.

Adapted from ICRISAT Happenings