Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/15/2018
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: none.
Technical Abstract: Genomics and high through-put phenotyping are ushering in a new era of accessing genetic diversity held in plant genetic resources, the cornerstone of both traditional and genomics-assisted breeding efforts of food legume crops. Acknowledged or not, yield plateaus must be broken given the daunting challenges we face as plant scientists. Solutions will stand on many pillars of scientific discovery - the increased utilization of genetic diversity reservoir of food legume germplasm resources is just one pillar. What is holding us back? We need robust genomic/genetic databases, open access to phenotypic data, and human capital development. The future is very bright if we embrace the value of transparency ushering in the age of big data, data mining and meta-analyses. Examples will be presented on databases of germplasm, genomics and open access data available to the food legume research community.