Database Development and Information Management

The MAFF genebank database is now available on the internet and can be read in either Japanese or English (http://www. gene.affrc.go.jp). This database is comprehensive and includes both information on germplasm as well as germplasm management data such as seed viability.

To add a new dimension to the genetic resources database, an illustrated database has recently been developed to enable scientists and students to learn more about germplasm. The first phase of this database has been devoted to legumes and can be read at http:/ /www.gene.affrc.go .jp/ image/legume.html (for the English version).11 Database development and management requires significant resources, both financial and human, as germplasm collections increase in size.

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