PCAARD funds online citrus database system developed by NVSU

Los Baños, Laguna — The Philippine Council for Agricultural, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development funded a project that developed an online database system for descriptive information on all citrus collections of Nueva Vizcaya State University. Developed by the Philippine Citrus Resources Development Center of NVSU, the system is called “Citrus Genetic Resources Information System” or CitRIS, citrus expert Ma. Cecilia Salas said at a press conference here. “CitRIS is an online database system with a window-based platform where data entry on citrus species and variety descriptions is performed,” said Salas. “CitRIS currently holds data for all 76 PCRDC accessions of 16 citrus species from seven provinces in the Philippines.” “The information system was developed as part of the PCRDC project on the conservation of citrus genetic resources,” added Vilchor G. Perdido, another citrus expert from NVSU. “The PCRDC now maintains a collection of over 1,300 mother trees in its greenhouse. The project will continue to establish a core collection of all regions where citrus genetic material can be located, ”he added. The web platform can be accessed at http://citrusproject.nvsu.edu.ph. PCAARD is an agency under the Department of Science and Technology.

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