University picks plant breeding software for teaching

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Phenome-Networks, a software-as-a-service plant breeding management and analytics company headquartered at Tel Aviv, Israel, announced that its Phenome One solution was chosen by North Carolina State University to form an integrated breeding database, and the software will be used in courses taught in the department of Horticultural Science at the university.

Using the this type of breeding system, plant breeders can manage large data volume involved in the breeding process in an intuitive and efficient manner. A structured breeding process lets users make efficient decisions that are based on facts. Smart analytics and data visualization allow users to make sense of trends and correlations previously hidden from the plant breeder.

“Increasing crop yields and making good breeding decisions are greatly improved with analytics” said John Dole, Ph.D., head of the Department of Horticultural Science at NCSU. “Our focus is to use the latest technology in our breeding courses and research and the Phenome-Networks system helps us to do that”. 

"My graduate students often get jobs at multi-national seed companies, where they are required to use breeding process management software. We chose Phenome-Networks since its breeding methodology is unique and innovative, and its analytics and visualization were the best we had seen" said Prof. Todd Wehner of NCSU.

A course, HS 790 Integrated Breeding Databases, will be taught each year in-house and on-line for those interested in learning to use the system. The course also helps students appreciate the workflow of an efficient plant breeding company.

“Analytics and software based approaches are key to unlocking the next wave of innovation in plant science” said Yaniv Semel, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Phenome-Networks.


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