In 2005, researchers from the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement, INRAE) started a collaboration with the French farmers' seed network Réseau Semences Paysannes (RSP) on bread wheat participatory breeding (PPB). The aims were: (1) to study on-farm management of crop diversity; (2) to develop population-varieties adapted to organic and low inputs agriculture (3) to co-develop tools and methods adapted to on-farm experiments. In this project, researchers and farmers' organizations needed to map the history and life cycle of the population-varieties using network formalism to represent relationships between seed lots. All this information had to be centralized and stored in a database.
We describe here SHiNeMaS (Seeds History and Network Management System) a web tool with its database. SHiNeMaS aims to provide useful interfaces to track seed lots history and related data (phenotyping, environment, cultural practices). Although SHiNeMaS has been developed in the context of bread wheat participatory breeding program, the database has been designed to manage any kind of cultivated plant species and even mix of species at the field. SHiNeMaS is available under Affero GPL licence and uses free technologies such as Python language, Django framework or PostgreSQL database management system (DBMS).
We developed SHiNeMaS, a web tool with its database, dedicated to the management of the history of seed lots and related data like phenotyping, environmental information and cultural practices. SHiNeMaS is used in production in our laboratory for 5 years now and farmers' organizations facilitators manages their own information in the system.