This research was carried out with financial support from theCommission of the European Communities (Contract No. QLK5-CT-2002-01492),Directorate-General Research—Quality of Life and Managementof Living Resources Program. This manuscript does not necessarilyreflect the Commission's views and in no way anticipates itsfuture policy in this area. Its content is the sole responsibilityof the authors. The authors are deeply indebted to all participantsof the HiDRAS project for their involvement, collaboration andsupport in the development of the conceptual data model of AppleBreedDB. Funding to pay the Open Access publication charges was providedby Agricultural Walloon Research Centre of Gembloux (Belgium).
Conflict of Interest: none declared.
Associate Editor: Chris StoeckertReceived on November 20, 2006; revised on January 11, 2007; accepted on January 12, 2007.