2021 was the year of collaboration in breeding informatics
In March 2021, a new network of specialists, the Breeding Informatics Network (BrIN) was established to standardize and modernize breeding data storage, access, curation, analysis, visualization, and decision support. The ultimate goal of BrIN is to improve quality and efficiency in delivering improved varieties to farmers. On December 15, 2021, BrIN celebrated their 2021 successes, and recognized key contributors around the globe. The group reflected on the successful foundation put in place to standardize collaboration, processes, tools and practices across CGIAR and NARS breeding going forward.
“Before BrIN, we did not have a central place to share experiences, accomplishments and processes,” said Young Wha Lee, Breeding Informatics Lead with the CGIAR Excellence in Breeding Platform. “We didn’t have a place where we could hear about what other crops and programs are doing. We didn’t have a forum to build consensus on what we consider to be best practices, or consensus on what are the major pain points and bottlenecks.”
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