IITA and partners launch EBS-Maize Platform to modernize breeding programs
A significant agricultural transformation is underway for maize breeders across the globe to overcome the challenge of data loss. IITA, Excellence in Breeding (EiB), International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), and other partners launched the Enterprise Breeding System (EBS) for maize breeding data management on 22 April. CGIAR EiB platform led the EBS development. EBS supports CGIAR and National Agricultural Research System (NARS) programs to adopt modern breeding workflows and data management practices.
EBS is an open-source, cloud-based breeding informatics system developed for crop breeding programs serving resource-poor farmers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It provides key inputs to the modernization and digitization of breeding programs to achieve the ultimate goal of increasing genetic gain and farmers’ yield. EBS provides a single powerful and inclusive tool to accelerate the development of improved crop varieties through data-driven decision-making.