Volume 2 Part 1 September 1995

Development of a new micropropagation protocols database at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Peter J Atkinson1, Michael F. Fay1 & Kerry S. Walter2
1Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond Surrey, TW9 3AB, UK
2Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR, UK

A new database system, the Micropropagation Protocols database, is being developed at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for the storage and management of data relating to micropropagation methods.

The database is a new module of a pre-existing database application, BG-BASE , which is designed to manage data on biological collections such as those held by botanic gardens, arboreta and horticultural establishments. BG-BASE is widely used around the world to manage collections, herbaria and seed banks. BG-BASE is written by Kerry S. Walter and Michael O'Neal and is being developed at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the Holden Arboretum (Kirkland, Ohio).

The Micropropagation Protocols database stores summary information on successful techniques developed by staff of the Kew Micropropagation Unit and complements existing recording systems. It allows searches to be made for protocols developed for species, genus or family and will facilitate the publication of "recipe" books of protocols developed by the Unit. The database is now in the final stages of development and data are being added to the system.

This project is supported by a generous donation from the Esmée Fairbairn Charitable Trust.

For details on the Micropropagation Protocols Database contact Peter Atkinson, Micropropagation Unit, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB (email p.atkinson@rbgkew.org.uk).

For information on BG-BASE contact Kerry S. Walter, Computing, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR (email k.walter@rbge.org.uk).

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