Portable search engine for registered crop germplasm: a new concept for enhancing access to information on plant genetic resources

Archak, S. and Kumar, V. (2012) Portable search engine for registered crop germplasm: a new concept for enhancing access to information on plant genetic resources. Plant Genetic Resources. pp. 1-6.

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Abstract

The National Bureau of Plant genetic Resources (NBPGR), New Delhi carries out the registration of unique crop germplasm in order to protect the intrinsic intellectual property as well as to facilitate greater utilization of germplasm in crop improvement programmes. It is therefore imperative to enhance access to information on registered crop germplasm. Here, we present a concept of a search engine that can suffice dual functions of a Web-based and portable search application. The concept entails converting raw data through a series of transformations from a Microsoft-Excel to eXtensible Markup Language (XML) data format. XML data initialized on compatible Web browsers are then queried for the search term based on a looping regular expression matching. The results are then loaded onto the browser in a tabulated output. The concept is implemented in the form of ‘Inventory of Registered Crop Germplasm’ on the Web as well as on a portable memory (compact disk or flash drive). The portable search engine works with minimal hardware and software requirements to enable its widespread utility to ensure greater access to information on registered crop germplasm. The portable search engine can be obtained from the NBPGR, New Delhi and the Web-based search engine can be accessed at http://www.nbpgr.ernet.in/IRCG/index.htm.

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Additional Information: The authors acknowledge the Director, NBPGR for facilities, Dr R. K. Tyagi for support and encouragement, and Mr Rajeev Gambhir and Mr Vijay Mandal for technical support. Vikas Kumar was financially supported by the Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi in the form of research associateship.
Uncontrolled Keywords: portable search engine; registered crop germplasm; XML
Author Affiliation: Agricultural Knowledge Management Unit, National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, Pusa Campus, New Delhi 110 012, India
Subjects: Agricultural Engineering
Crop Improvement
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Mr. SanatKumar Behera
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2012 03:24
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2012 03:24
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S147926211200038X
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/8889

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