The AppleBreed DB
model provides a unique tool specifically
adapted for geneticists and breeders working on perennial crops
with a long economic lifespan, especially when the aim is to
combine phenotypic and molecular marker data. It supports pedigree-based
analysis of the data, including ‘Pedigree Genotyping’
(Van de Weg et al
). This database could be useful in
intercontinental collaboration on marker-trait associations,
validation of candidate genes and functional allelic diversity.
It can be directly applied to apple, and its structure forms
a firm foundation on which other users can build their own applications.
It can be easily extended to include various crops, thus forming
a base for a RosaceaeBreed DB
. Links to other databases such
as GRIN, NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information),
SINGER (System-wide Information Network for Genetic Resources)
and EMBL (Nucleotide Sequence Database), can also be investigated.