How long have you been working in the plant breeding profession, and what do you specialize in?
Since 2003 I have been breeding plants for commercial companies. Before that, I did applied research with Plant Research International in Wageningen. I have been working in the field of taxonomy, in the breeding of resistant varieties, in tissue culture and many more fields with other functions. My passion primarily lies in the ornamental plants, in fact I really like to fiddle with plants.
Which crops have you been breeding?
I have been working with pelargonium and osteospermum. Right now I am breeding lilies.
How do you recognize your first class breed?
I can easily spot that first class breed, but it does not happen very often. The challenge really lies in the sub top breeds. The good ancestors with strong genes, but you do not always spot them. E-Brida can certainly help you to find these sub top breeds.
How did you do register your breeding activities without E-Brida?
I mainly used Access. I think that many plant breeders were forced to manage with Access en Excel just out of necessity. The queries I made in Access I later imported into Excel, where I did analysis with pivot-tables.
What do you spend most of your time on when you are working?
On making and analysing observations. During the season this takes up about 80% of your time. The perfect integration with scoring perceptions using a PDA with E-Brida saves an enormous amount of time. During peaks it leaves you more time to make your analysis instantly.
What do you think is the best functionality used in E-Brida?
The pedigree tree, that certainly is a golden one. It allows you to go through your pedigree book in a three-dimensional way. The tree is one of its strongest points, very powerful. In one single survey it shows you the grandfathers and grandmothers, together with their traits and photo’s. Nobody can do this at this moment. Of course it is also important to register observations using a mobile device, so that it can be done on location. And furthermore, the planning of trials in E-Brida is subtly streamlined.