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Using GIS to check co-ordinates of genebank accessions


The geographic co-ordinates of the locations where germplasm accessions have been collected are usually documented in genebank databases. However, the co-ordinate data are often incomplete and may contain errors. This paper describes procedures to check for errors, to determine the cause of these errors and to assign new co-ordinates, using Geographical Information Systems (GIS). These procedures can assist in improving the quality of genebank databases, and with that, increase the capability for analysis and use of crop genetic diversity.

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Hijmans, R.J., Schreuder, M., De la Cruz, J. et al. Using GIS to check co-ordinates of genebank accessions. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 46, 291–296 (1999).

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  • biological collections
  • database
  • documentation
  • genebank
  • geographic co-ordinates
  • GIS
  • maps