New tool could speed up crop breeding

Alberta’s barley breeders now have access to both phenomic (field trial) and genomic data in one place.

“The phenomic data is in the hands of the breeder, but the genomic data is generated through lab work,” said provincial researcher and biostatistician Rong-Cai Yang, who developed a new software program called the Barley Breeding Platform (BBP). “Usually they can’t talk to each other because they are produced in two different ways.

The BBP brings them together.” It can take up to 12 years to move from germplasm to commercially available seed, but having both sets of data could reduce that by years, he said.

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