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Databases and Tools

Plant breeding and related biotechnology capacity (PBBC) assessment

FAO and partners have been assessing national plant breeding and related biotechnology capacity (PBBC) worldwide.  The information gathered provides a foundation for designing comprehensive strategies by national governments, the research and development community, as well as for donor investments.  This survey is concluded in several countries and is still ongoing for many others, through the support of both FAO and the GIPB.

Sol Genomics Network (SGN)

The Sol Genomics Network (SGN) is a clade oriented database dedicated to the biology of the Solanaceae family which includes a large number of closely related and many agronomically important species such as tomato, potato, tobacco, eggplant, pepper, and the ornamental Petunia hybrida. SGN is part of the International Solanaceae Initiative (SOL), which has the long-term goal of creating a network of resources and information to address key questions in plant adaptation and diversification. A key problem of the post-genomic era is the linking of the phenome to the genome, and SGN allows to track and help discover new such linkages.

Wheat Atlas - Beta version

an integrated webbased compendium of useful geographically-based wheat information

The Wheat Atlas is envisaged as a comprehensive electronic atlas containing relevant, readily accessible information related to wheat production, markets and research particularly in the developing world - essentially, a one-stop, fast access data resource for wheat scientists, policy makers and even business leaders. It is envisaged that the Wheat Atlas will be developed as a portal/CMS application, containing interlinked information at different geographical scales.


The AGCommons Agricultural Geospatial Commons Program aims to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa through better research, intervention and decisions brought about by making location-specific information, analyses and tools more accessible.

AGCommons is being developed as an Africa-based service bureau, providing geo-spatial information technology services to extend the reach and impact of existing agricultural initiatives working across the food value chain to improve the productivity and incomes of smallholder farmers. These services are provided through a “commons” approach that allows the open sharing of location-specific information. This encourages users to move away from the personal, ad-hoc management of geospatial information in favor of automated and secure data management services, sharing, and long-term archiving of data and associated metadata.

MultiQTL Ltd.

is a bioinformatic company oriented on developing a spectrum of software tools for genomics and biotechnology. These include software for building multilocus genetic maps, genetic mapping of quantitative traits, large scale physical mapping (e.g., contig assembling based on restriction fingerprinting of BAC libraries), evaluation of multilocus relatedness for various forensic applications, etc. Our multifunctional software for genome mapping is oriented to genetic and breeding companies, universities, research institutes, and medical organizations. Our customers are distributed worldwide.

GenStat Discovery

Used for genetic analysis, mapping the genes that influence particular traits and helping researchers and plant breeders identify markers to breed desirable crop varieties. GenStat is also used to examine the effects of different crop treatments, as well as a range of other statistical analyses.