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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Webgrms Mapping Software: Something New for the USDA Medicago and Trifolium Collections

Authors
item Greene, Stephanie
item Minoura, Toshio - OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
item Steiner, Jeffrey

Submitted to: Alfalfa Improvement Conference Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: June 18, 2004
Publication Date: June 18, 2004
Citation: Greene, S.L, T. Minoura, J. Steiner. 2004. WebGRMS Mapping software: Something new for the USDA Medicago and Trifolium collections. In Proceedings of the 40th North American Alfalfa Improvement Conference, July 18-21. Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, [Online at: http://www.naaic.org/Meetings/National/2004NAAIC&TC/2004abstracts/sgreene.pdf]

Interpretive Summary: Information on accessions housed in germplasm collections is just as important as the accession seed sample. Because many accessions were collected at a specific location, geographic and climatic information on the collecting site can yield clues to environmental adaptation. Geographic Information System (GIS) applications can visualize this kind of information as maps and graphs. The objective of this project was to develop a prototype application to demonstrate a web-based mapping and query program tailored for ex situ germplasm collections. Using WebGRMS, users can search for specific accessions based on geographic area, or search by setting up queries based on PI number, taxonomy, country of origin or other criteria. Results of queries can be mapped, which provide an additional dimension for understanding collection distribution within the context of climate, soils, vegetative class, etc. The WebGRMS prototype demonstrates the potential of developing web-based GIS applications that can be used to better utilize and conserve crop genetic resources. WebGRMS can be previewed at http://yukon.een.orst.edu

Technical Abstract: Because many accessions were collected at a specific location, geographic and climatic information on the collecting site can yield clues to environmental adaptation. Geographic Information System (GIS) applications can visualize this kind of information as maps and graphs. The objective of this project was to develop a prototype application to demonstrate a web-based mapping and query program tailored for ex situ germplasm collections. The prototype uses data from the NPGS Medicago and Trifolium collections. Open-source software tools were used to develop the architecture of the Web-Based Genetic Resources Management System (WebGRMS) so the technology would be accessible to users without need for expensive licensing fees. PostgreSQL, an open source object-relational database, and PostGIS together manage the geospatial data. PostGIS is an open source extension of PostgreSQL for GIS applications. The MapServer developed at University of Minnesota generates maps to be displayed on a web browser by using geospatial data provided by PostGIS. Server-side scripts written in PHP generate web pages, including map display pages. Using WebGRMS, users can search for specific accessions based on geographic area, or search by setting up queries based on PI number, taxonomy, country of origin or other criteria. Results of queries can be mapped, which provide an additional dimension for understanding collection distribution within the context of climate, soils, vegetative class, etc. WebGRMS also provides a platform for tools that analyze collections for ecogeographic representation. The WebGRMS prototype demonstrates the potential of developing web-based GIS applications that can be used to better utilize and conserve crop genetic resources. WebGRMS can be previewed at http://yukon.een.orst.edu

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