Citing the Breeding Management System

For citing the Breeding Management System in your publications, please use the following entry:

BMS Version 2.1 Release

An intermediate release of the Breeding Management System (BMS) is now available on the IBP portal (download BMS V2.1).This new release brings  improvements to usability as well as some refinements to existing functionality including:

Resources on women in science

Wrapping up the theme on International Women’s Day, here is a compilation of the different links posted throughout the week on our social media pages and external channels, with a few additions to delve deeper into gender issues:

Good reading!


Women in Science: Dr P. Revathi, Ph.D Genetics

In the context of March 8th, International Women’s Day, we will be posting brief portraits to highlight and celebrate women pursuing scientific careers. These women are enthusiastic users of the Breeding Management System and/or motivated participants of the Integrated Breeding Multi-Year Course. The comments section below can be used to leave questions or comments, or to start a conversation...

Free resources and networking for African scientists through the American Society of Plant Biologists

I would like to alert you to a new resource available on the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) website ( In order to facilitate linkages between ASPB members and African scientists and increase awareness of the many freely available ASPB resources, we have set up an open ASPB group called African Scientist Networking (see Here we hope to post opportunities for African scientists, as well as requests from other ASPB members needing collaborators, etc.

New protocol for sending leaf samples to LGC Genomics

Dear LGC Genomics users,
Many of you have encountered a problem while sending leaf disk samples to LGC Genomics using their sampling kit. In many cases, leaf samples are arriving mouldy. To avoid any frustration from both users and LGC Genomics, and after consultation with Dusty, we recommend that you follow this procedure:

Eric Wendell

There are many software available in the market that allows you to send data over a protocol. But often entounters bug during reception. However, the new MBAS software allows you to send data over TCP is now being used widely in the agricultural departments. For more information you can also look here.

posted on March 19, 2014 8:24AM

Job announcement - CGIAR Consortium Data and Knowledge Manager

The CGIAR Consortium Office, based in Montpellier, France, is building a new team and has established the position of Data and Knowledge Manager in the Knowledge Management, Communication, and ICT (KMCI) unit in the Montpellier-based Consortium Office.

Crop Ontology Curator - Bioversity International

Bioversity International is seeking a dynamic and experienced Agricultural Ontology Curator.

use of tablet for data collection

Please I need to choose between samsung galaxy tablet and ASUS infinity tablet. Which one is better considering their use in the sun and their PC-connectivity.

Thank you

Fernando Rojas

Dear Dorcas: For the data capture in the field we are using Samsung galaxy tablet; the application for this is FieldLab developed at IRRI you can get a version of this here:  This app must be run too in the ASUS tablet because both are Android-powered tablets. The PC-connectivity don't have any problem in both models; about the use in the sun; all this devices have a setting options to fix the bright and contrast of the screen. Let me share with you a comparison of the 2 models:

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Samsung is also in the 10-inch tablet market battle with its own tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with a 1,280 × 800 pixels display with PLS technology, and is powered by an Exynos 4 Quad with four Cortex A9 cores clocked at 1.4 GHz, 2 GB of RAM and three internal storage options 16/32/64 GB.

The camera is a 5 megapixel sensor, and the tablet is upgradable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Samsung has fit the TouchWiz UI on top of it, and the tablet also comes with an S Pen stylus.

 ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700

ASUS is one of the few tablet markers that is using premium materials for their Android slates. The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 is one of them and its aluminium case is accommodating a 1,920 x 1,200 pixels display with IPS technology, but, the hardware platform is not that fresh: it has an Nvdia Tegra 3 chipset with quad-core Cortex A9 CPU at 1.6 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, and up to 64 GB of internal storage.

The 8 megapixel camera on the back is capable of recording full HD videos at 30 fps. The ASUS  Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 is upgradable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.  The source of this comparison is: Please contact me for give you adittional support:

posted on April 23, 2013 9:28AM
Dr Abe Gerrano

Dear Sir,
Would you please post the steps how to set the screen? I am using Samsung so it is difficult to compare and coment the new tablet practically with Samsang.
Is it any possibility to enlarge the screen a bit? I just realized after writing the report for the GCP about the use of Samsang tablet.

posted on April 23, 2013 12:08PM
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