CGRD Version 6.1
In 1999, the COGENT Steering Committee took the decision to release the Coconut Genetic Resources Database (CGRD) into the public domain, in order to make accessible and disseminate this useful information, and to create public awareness about coconut genetic resources (source: minutes of the 8th COGENT Steering Committee held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 20-22 September 1999).
The CGRD project was initiated in 1994. Until 2002, the project was funded by the French Government and implemented by CIRAD (French Agricultural Research for Development), in collaboration with COGENT member countries and Bioversity International. Its objective is to facilitate data storage and exchange among the members of the COGENT network. This will enable coconut breeders to access data on coconut cultivars.
Thanks to the project “Upgrading international coconut genebanks and evaluating accessions” funded by the Global Crop Diversity Trust, the Coconut Genetic Resources Database has been updated and improved to comply with international standards. Here is the test new version (CGRD6.1) of the software, available from June 2012. Users are strongly recommended to download this new version, although the previous one (CGRD5.1) in still available on COGENT Website.
In COGENT’s Coconut Genetic Resources Database, data about coconut cultivars are divided in two main parts: passport data and priority characterization, and evaluation data. It takes into account the standardized descriptors for the coconut palms and the methods detailed in the STANTECH manual. Presently 24 genebanks from 23 COGENT member-countries are conserving 725 unique populations with 1374 living accessions.
How to install the software CGRD6.1, germplasm data and pictures on your computer?
In order to facilitate the process, three components must be downloaded separately: 1) the software, 2) the germplasm data and 3) the images.
1) Download the software CGRD6.1
a) Download the file setup_CGRD_V6_1.zip by a right click here and by choosing "Save Link As..." in the contextual menu
b) From the windows dialog box select the folder where you want to save the zip file
c) Once download completed go to the folder where you saved the zip file, extract/unzip the setup.exe and then launch it from this folder.
d) Allow Setup.exe to make changes to your computer and install the software
When this first download is completed a shortcut CGRD is automatically set up on your desktop and/or in the main menu at the left side of the computer. At this stage a new folder C:/CGRD is created on the local disk (C:). This folder include 2 sub-folders which are still empty:
- C:/CGRD/DBFS (where will be located the germplasm data) and
- C:/CGRD/IMAGES (where will be located the germplasm pictures)
The following steps will be to download the germplasm data and pictures.
2) Download the germplasm data
e) Download the archive file cgrd6_dbfs.zip by a right click here and save it in the folder C:/CGRD/DBFS.
f) Go to the folder C:/CGRD/DBFS.
g) Extract all files from the archive cgrd6_dbfs.zip, and accept the old files to be replaced by the new ones.
3) Download the images
h) Download the zipped file cgrd6_images.zip by a right click here and save it in the folder C:/CGRD/IMAGES.
i) Go to the folder C:/CGRD/IMAGES.
j) Extract all files from the archive cgrd6_images.zip, and accept the old files to be replaced by the new ones.
Then the software CGRD Version 6.1 will be fully installed in your computer. You can use it to get information on coconut genebanks and germplasm, and you can also input data in the Software if you are managing a coconut genebank.
CGRD User's manual
Download the CGRD User's manual by a right click here and by choosing "Save Link As..." in the contextual menu
CGRD citation guidelines
Users must contact the specific data-providing institute(s) directly, with any questions or comments regarding information stored in CGRD and for queries regarding the germplasm held in a specific institute(s). You acknowledge that your access to and use of data does not entitle you to any copyright or other intellectual property right or other proprietary interest in the data or the portal. You are required to acknowledge the sources of the data accessed through this portal. The name of the data-providing institution is in the CGRD database interface, selecting the menu ‘Site’.
Plant genetic resources accession level data provided by: Vanuatu Agricultural Research Training Centre (VARTC), PO Box 231 Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu (Accessed through CGRD, http://www.cogentnetwork.org/index.php/genetic-resources-database-cgrd 2012-04-25)