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A relational database system for potato breeding programs


Using a desktop database management system (DBMS), a relational database system was developed to replace outdated systems for data storage, retrieval and summary in a potato breeding research program. The new system allows for easy and efficient access, storage and interrelation of potato data, and automated reporting functions to support presentation and analysis requirements of the research program. DBMS tools and programmed functions provide summary information pertaining to such areas as potato plant genealogy and progeny performance in early selection, regional adaptation and disease resistance trials. Database structures have been implemented to facilitate the collection and verification of new data, interface to a hand-held data collection computer, and transfer report data and charts to standard word processing and presentation software. The concepts and techniques used in the construction of this database system can be applied to other potato and plant breeding programs

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Kozub, J.G., Lynch, D.R., Kozub, G.C. et al. A relational database system for potato breeding programs. Am. J. Pot Res 77, 95–101 (2000).

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