Germinate code on GitHub
Germinate is completely open-source and the code is available to review on GitHub. We would be delighted if people want to help contribute to Germinate, just get in touch!GitHub
Germinate was designed to cater for the varying needs and circumstances of our users. From user interface template styling to full localisation and internationalization support - Germinate has it covered.
Being able to easily import and export experimental data is at the core of Germinate and we support Excel templates for data upload and a complete API for data export.
The Plant Breeding API (BrAPI) is a widely adopted standard for the sharing of plant phenotype/genotype data between databases and plant breeding applications. Germinate's BrAPI implementation is currently being extended.
A paper on the Germinate 3 platform is available here. A new paper covering the advancements since the first publication is currently under review and will be made available as soon as it's accepted.
We're always looking for ways to advance Germinate to ensure it meets the needs of breeders, scientists and the general public alike. Things we're looking into are HPC integration and supporting GWAS data.
Germinate is used to host the data for a wide range of crops in collaboration with international partners like CIMMYT and the Crop Trust.
Below is a list of all available Germinate databases. Some require registration while others are fully public. Start exploring!
The people behind Germinate
Sebastian is responsible for the bulk of the development on the database and web interface. He makes sure everything is nice and tidy and looks as best as it can.
Sebastian RaubachLead Developer
Gordon looks after the Plant Breeding API (BrAPI) part of Germinate. He attends the hackathons and updates the Germinate implementation of BrAPI accordingly.
Gordon StephenBrAPI Integrator
Iain is the main developer of Flapjack and makes sure that the integration between Germinate and Flapjack is as smooth as possible.
Iain MilneFlapjack Developer
Paul has worked on Germinate since 2005 and is responsible for the day to day management of the project and its promotion around the world.
Paul ShawProject Lead
Previous Members of the Germinate Team have included: Jennifer Lee, Jacek Grzebyta, Toby Philp and Nelo Onyiah.
In addition the following people have been instrumental in the development of Germinate (in no particular order): Bill Thomas, Luke Ramsay, Joanne Russell, Robbie Waugh, David Marshall, Gaynor McKenzie, Pauline Smith, Julie Graham, Dorota Jaret, Susan McCallum, Nicola McCallum, Malcolm Coull, Derek Stuart, Alex Foito, Jordi Comadran, Andy Flavell, Darren Cullerne, Kate Dreher, Sarah Hearne, Peter Wenzl, Benjamin Kilian and Peter Werner.
We would like to thank all those who have been generous with their time and helping us with Germinate user evaluations - your enthusiasm and feedback has made Germinate a better tool.