Missouri Botanical Garden Open Conference Systems, TDWG 2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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The Crop Ontology: Integrating the Participatory Variety Selection (PVS)
Léo Valette, Shiv Kumar Agrawal, Ramaiah Bhavanasi, Antonio Lopez-Montez, Sidibe Mamourou, Praveen Reddy Teegala, Trushar Shah, Gilles Trouche, Kirsten vom Brocke, Jean-François Rami, Eva Weltzien, Karthika Rajendran, Harold Durufle, Marie-Angélique Laporte, Luca Matteis, Elizabeth Arnaud

Last modified: 2014-09-26


Participatory Variety Selection (PVS) refers to the evaluation of varieties by farmers through trials that aim to capture the preferences of farmers, women and men for selected traits. This type of selection process has been adopted by several plant breeders involved in crop ontology. During the crop ontology workshop held in April 2014 (http://tiny.cc/rw51ax), these breeders expressed the need to access specific PVS methods in their field book.

The current study first focused on analyzing the concepts used in PVS to evaluate crop performances and on assessing how concepts can be formalized into trait-method-scale triplets so as to include them in the crop ontology. Second, it focused on assessing changes that would be required for adapting the Integrated Breeding Platform fieldbook to the PVS methodology.

This work was informed by studying the PVS methods and fieldbooks used by breeders of sorghum from the International Center of Agricultural Research for Development and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, of yam from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and of lentil from the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas. Integrating the PVS into the ontology is possible with minor adjustments and would require modifications in the fieldbook production workflow. A PVS workshop is recommended with the research community engaged in participatory evaluation for Breeding and pre-Breeding along with the information technology specialists to agree on and experiment standardized PVS concepts and fieldbook.