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My colleagues and I have been using Agrobase and more recently Genovix for the past 15 years to optimise our plant breeding in a range of botanical extracts in Tasmania, Australia. I am always impressed with the speedy response from Agronomix support staff.
I’ve been using Genovix for a few seasons and it has become an indispensable tool in my peanut breeding effort. It has been very easy to generate crosses, set up naming schemes for nursery selections, import field data, generate field books, design and map yield and nursery trials, then analyze the data all in one place.Read More . . .
I’ve been using Genovix for a few seasons and it has become an indispensable tool in my peanut breeding effort. Each year I’ve learned new functions within the program that improve the efficiency of my record keeping and data analyses. I appreciate the intuitive controls and tools that are clearly designed by plant breeders for plant breeders. It has been very easy to generate crosses, set up naming schemes for nursery selections, import field data, generate field books, design and map yield and nursery trials, then analyze the data all in one place.
The integrated field design and data analysis tools allow me to spend less time designing experiments or analyzing data and more time in the field doing the work of plant breeding. The field mapping tool is very flexible and easy to use, allowing for fairly complex field designs.
In addition to the program’s polish and highly customizable capabilities, the support provided by the Genovix support team is phenomenal. Always quick to respond to simple or complex questions, they have been instrumental in my adoption of Genovix. Additionally, the online tutorials are very helpful when you need to brush up on a task or learn something new.
I highly recommend Genovix to anyone looking for a plant breeding software solution.
University of Georgia
I would strongly advise anybody looking to buy software for their research programs to take a closer look at Genovix as it is still growing and developing with the input from its users and the future views of the company itself.Read More . . .
I have been a user of AGROBASE at the SGI since 1993, the AGROBASE/4 DOS version. It has helped us keep all our data together. Where previously our data was all over all the computers in different file formats in our division, it was now connected to an entry for that specific year in a specific file, experiment or trial. With some power play, the data could be manipulated as I wanted it to analyse or display/print out.
When moving to AGROBASE Generation II – predecessor of Genovix - major problems were eliminated:
1. Names of traits, entries, localities, etc. needed to be changed only in one place and have it reflected through the whole program instead of searching through all files for the names to be changed.
2. All the info on an entry is connected over years and localities so that comparisons over years were quite easy to do.
With the development of Genovix, building on what AGROBASE has achieved, Agronomix once again kept their clients’ needs in mind while also looking to the future of agronomy advancements. While Genovix has a steep initial learning curve, the program's methodology makes perfect sense and workflow is quick and easy, thus giving us, the user's, the ability to do a lot of work effectively in the shortest possible time. Since moving the company, that I work for, over to Genovix I have completed work quicker and more effectively than before.
The learning curve of Genovix is eased by the creation of tutorials on every aspect of the software. These tutorials lead the user through the whole procedure of what he or she wants to do or know.
What I enjoy most about Agronomix Software is that they are open to communication with their customers. Any complaint, error reporting or suggestions receive immediate response from them, whether it is from their customer care desk, programmers or Dieter himself -- you will receive a reply!!
I can personally vouch for that as I have made a few suggestions and error reports myself which were incorporated or rectified as soon as their schedule allowed it.
I would strongly advise anybody looking to buy software for their research programs to take a closer look at Genovix as it is still growing and developing with the input from its users and the future views of the company itself.
Former Wheat Breeding Technician, Small Grain Institute, ARC
Currently self-employed data analyst for a national seed company
Bethlehem, Republic of South Africa
We would highly recommend Genovix to plant breeders who would like to change ones’ breeding style, improve efficiency, and achieve better outcome.Read More . . .
We Takii Seed have been using Genovix since 2021 as a company. Genovix suits our needs very much to change our breeding style from old (subjective, intuitive, independent) one to new (objective, logical, collaborative) one.
This software enables us easily to create proper experimental designs, collect large phenotypic data, do statistical analyses, share results with colleagues all over the world, and discuss them together, just in one cloud database! It must lead to better decision making in our breeding:)
And it is very helpful and encouraging that the support team is available to us clients. They hold 6-hour tutor training course first, offer over 135 good tutorial videos online, chat with us with our questions or concerns friendly, fix bugs immediately, and improve this software ongoingly. Their excellent sincere supports make us feel relieved and help us to use the software smoothly, like inhaling and exhaling.
We would highly recommend Genovix to plant breeders who would like to change ones’ breeding style, improve efficiency, and achieve better outcome.
Haga Shunsuke/芳賀 俊亮
I certainly find that the Genovix interface is substantially more intuitive and easier to learn than AGROBASE was. I have also found Agronomix’ Support services for Genovix to be very responsive and easy to work with.Read More . . .
CoverCress is a very small startup company looking to develop Field Pennycress from a wild temperate weed into an ultra-low carbon footprint feedstock for renewable fuel production with a side product being a high protein animal feed. Our breeding program started with wild accessions back in 2014 and I soon realized that we needed a secure and efficient repository for our data that also provided experimental design and analysis tools among other features as we ramped up our breeding and testing programs.
We implemented AGROBASE along with AgroTab in 2016. The learning process was very iterative for AGROBASE, and eventually I began to be able to tie things together, although I never felt as though I became an expert. However, the fact that we did implement AGROBASE years ago and upgraded to AGROBASE Cloud has been very useful to us in demonstrating our data stewardship.
I have enjoyed the implementation of Genovix, and although it has taken a little time to get used to the new interface, I certainly find that the Genovix interface is substantially more intuitive and easier to learn than AGROBASE was. I have also found Agronomix’ Support services for Genovix to be very responsive and easy to work with. As CoverCress expands its staff and programs I believe Genovix and Genovix Mobile will be great tools to drive efficiency in our programs.
VP Breeding and Product Delivery
The familiar and intuitive design of Genovix, combined with powerful and easy to use modules and tools is going to deliver efficiencies to AGT’s field, glass house and lab operations. AGT manages over 400,000 yield and observation plots, generating over 1,000,000 data points annually.Read More . . .
AGT used AGROBASE for 20 years and we have transitioned all of our field trial management and plant breeding systems to Genovix.
Since Dieter first gave us an insight to the design and structure of Genovix three years ago, we’ve been very excited about moving to Genovix, which is a genuine next generation in dedicated plant breeding software. The familiar and intuitive design of Genovix, combined with powerful and easy to use modules and tools is going to deliver efficiencies to AGT’s field, glass house and lab operations. AGT manages over 400,000 yield and observation plots, generating over 1,000,000 data points annually.
In addition to the team at Agronomix providing a plant breeding software that is second to none. They are so prompt to respond to any questions or support that we require especially when we acknowledge the fact that out time zones are almost completely incompatible. They don’t just answer questions, they also consider our feedback and adapt and develop software solutions to meet our needs.
James Edwards, PhD
Australian Grain Technologies
Roseworthy, South Australia
I must say that the improvements compared to the already efficient AGROBASE are many, and the ones I appreciated the most are the renewed Field Plan and the links to R, which allow us to perform many statistical analyses even for unbalanced data sets.Read More . . .
I have used AGROBASE for many years, since the version 4 for DOS, appreciating its potential and characteristics specifically designed for varietal testing and breeding.
I recently switched to Genovix and after an initial period of disorientation, due to the new interface and the significant increase in functionality and new options, I started to get used to it.
I must say that the improvements compared to the already efficient AGROBASE are many, and the ones I appreciated the most are the renewed Field Plan and the links to R, which allow us to perform many statistical analyses even for unbalanced data sets, and to adequately address the interpretation of genotype by environment interaction. I have a lot of compliments to the Agronomix developers for the excellent job they have done.
All in all we are very satisfied, and to me Genovix offers all the basics I need to run my breeding program – plus a bit more.Read More . . .
I’ve been using Genovix – before that AGROBASE – since 2006 (= all my time) at Sejet Plantbreeding, first as assistant and now as responsible for the Winter barley program. For me it appears the most complete software that I have experienced, to manage and analyze field trials. The solutions to set up field trials, transfer data back and forth between combines and other devices works nice and especially with the developments in Genovix it has become more intuitively. Genovix offers a range of pre-defined ways to analyze data, yet at the same time a flexibility to incorporate own formulas via for example R. This way we can run both the routine analyses and more special ones without having swap between platforms.
Another great thing using Genovix is the level of service we experience when encountering trouble or are on “deep water” exploring new features in the program – we always get a fast and positive reaction to our questions!
All in all we are very satisfied, and to me Genovix offers all the basics I need to run my breeding program – plus a bit more.
Rasmus L. Hjortshøj, PhD
There are several advantages I get from using Genovix, from retrieving years old data in few seconds, to comparing my work with colleagues thanks to the reports and the various graphs available.Read More . . .
I have been using Agronomix software since 2012, first AGROBASE Gen II now Genovix. Last year the staff helped me migrate my database from AGROBASE to Genovix, solving me several problems due to my operating system. I can say that the use of Genovix is more intuitive and friendly thanks to its graphic interface, full of bars and icons. I use it both for the breeding management (crosses, population, nursery ...) and for agronomic trials, in fact there are many experimental designs that can be used.
In addition to data management and analysis, I also use Genovix for printing field books and labels (with barcode) to harvest and storage the samples.
There are several advantages I get from using Genovix, from retrieving years old data in few seconds, to comparing my work with colleagues thanks to the reports and the various graphs available, for example I think that the heat map function is very nice, that in my case helps me to highlight the variability of some traits respect to the field, for example yield and protein content. In short, I can’t imagine my work without the help of Genovix.
Ivano Pecorella, PhD
CREA Research Centre for Cereal and Industrial Crops (CREA-CI)
The best part of Genovix is breeding nursery management. We can create crosses and advance further till we get a fixed line. Being part of a commercial breeding team its very important for us to take timely decisions, which is facilitated by Genovix.Read More . . .
Genovix is not only a tool to record data but an assistant to a breeder in terms of guiding for correct decision making. It's a very user friendly software, which allows us A to Z of Data analysis. We can create trials, record real time data via mobile app and do various kinds of analysis. The best part of it is breeding nursery management. We can create crosses and advance further till we get a fixed line. Being part of a commercial breeding team its very important for us to take timely decisions, which is facilitated by Genovix. The best part is we get all the support from the Genovix team as and when needed.
Vijay Dalvi, PhD
DCM Shriram Ltd
Software designed with our clients’ needs at the forefront
Genovix® was launched at the International Seed Federation World Seed Congress 2019 in Nice, France and builds on our long history and experience in developing variety testing and plant breeding software. It is designed using all the latest application technologies and sits on the robust Microsoft® SQL-Server.
NEWS: Agronomix joins CULTURA
On June 1, 2022 it was publicly announced that Agronomix Software has joined the CULTURA Technologies group.
Agronomix will continue to operate as it has been but with support from a larger organization. Agronomix will continue to develop and improve Genovix® with its team of dedicated on-site developers and experienced plant breeders under the leadership of Christopher Leonard (who continues as President) supported by Dieter Mulitze, PhD (Chief Scientific Officer).
“We are excited to become part of the Cultura Technologies LLC group of companies,” said Christopher Leonard. “Joining Cultura gives our employees and customers an opportunity to leverage global business resources and realize synergies with grain and produce companies, and their customers. The net result for Agronomix as a Cultura company will be a stronger market presence in the global plant breeding and seeds industry, to the ultimate benefit of our clients globally.”
Who Are Cultura?
Cultura Technologies is the largest independent group of agribusiness software companies in the world, with operations in North America, Europe, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Mexico, South Africa and Australia. Cultura brings together like-minded agri-food technology businesses that collectively advance food supply chain sustainability – today, in the future, and across the globe. Cultura is a division of Volaris Group, which is an operating group of Constellation Software, Inc. (TSX:CSU), headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
We offer a complete solution for all stages of variety testing – from data management and trial creation to field plans, statistical analyses, selection decisions and final reports.
From our interaction with variety testers since 1990, we have developed specific tools for field and row, forage, grass, vegetable, horticultural, annual and perennial crops. Experimental designs range from simple strip or non-replicated tests to replicated generalized lattices, with all the analytics. Our spatial analyses will estimate and remove the confounding effects of actual field trends to determine the most likely genetic ranking of varieties and thus the most optimal selection and promotion decisions. A set of tools and analyses for genotype x environment interactions, Head-to-Head analyses with curvilinear graphs, relative varietal performance, data visualization and more help to identify superior varieties and hybrids across environments and years.
Our software solution supports the breeding of many field, vegetable, flower and horticultural crops.
Many breeding systems are supported – self and open pollinating, inbred development, hybrid, doubled-haploid, male sterility, clones, polycrosses, synthetics and more. From our interaction with breeders globally since 1990 across a wide range of crops, we have developed many practical tools and options for customization in nomenclature, pedigrees and population advancement among others. All stages of a breeding program are supported – germplasm data management, cross prediction, crossing blocks, pollination actions, advancing segregating populations, backcrossing, line conversion, nursery management also with mating layouts for hybrids, selections and more.
Our advanced relational database architecture facilitates data linkages and a history of genotypic development across generations, dendrograms, linking molecular data, marker assisted backcrossing, viewing selected traits of parents with any population or cross. Store data on individual plants within populations for selection or crossing. Digital photos of genotypes linked to breeding data are especially relevant for vegetable and horticultural crops breeding programs. Statistical and genetic analyses plus data visualization support breeding and selection. The breeding system is closely integrated with the variety testing and seed or stock inventory system.
Manage your breeding program efficiently, save time, increase your ability to develop and identify superior genotypes.
Seed and often stock (clones, cuttings) can be managed and tracked within a breeding or variety testing program.
Our software maintains multiple seed storage locations as well as multiple seed lots or stock per genotype and is fully customizable for any crop’s traits. Seed lots can be based on weight or count, even both for the same genotype. Seed lots can be imported or created from trials and nurseries and allocated for the next season or years planting. Allocation can involve plot size, seeding density, seed weight, germination percentage and any other factor to calculate the amount of seed required for each genotype for each plot across an entire trial and then generate a report listing the number of seed packets and total amount of seed required for each genotype. Genotypic traits can be directly linked to seed lot or stock traits for optimal control and seed allocation decisions. Reports, labels and barcodes support the many practical seed lot management tasks. As well as complete transaction control, the seamless integration with our variety testing and plant breeding system expedites hybrid crops development and producing hybrid seed.
Develop hybrids and varieties faster, more efficiently and with greater precision via bioinformatics tools integrated into your breeding program.
Bioinformatics, the development and utilization of software tools to understand increasing amounts of biological data, continues to impact plant breeding. With lower costs for DNA sequencing and related technologies plus more advances in bioinformatics, more breeders and seed companies are using bioinformatics in their breeding programs. The objective is to reduce the time, space and expense of conventional plant breeding programs to develop new hybrids and cultivars. This includes the utilization of molecular markers for important traits, robust algorithms to analyze the SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism) data and a growing understanding of gene expression in a crop’s genome.
Bioinformatics Consulting now available.
Scientist examining bioinformatics data
In response to the industry changes and the requests of plant breeders, Genovix now offers a bioinformatics module. This module offers a seamless data connection between a breeder’s data in Genovix and the SNP data related to the chosen genotypes. The final results are then directly updated in the Genovix database. Parallel processing is utilized with large datasets. Thus, there is no need to export data, run another software package and import the results into Genovix – all of which takes time and effort. The module includes genomic prediction, a powerful analysis to assist the breeder in making selections and advancing breeding lines while saving time and cost. This tool in Genovix does the pre-processing of nucleotide data, allows user thresholds and checks for genetic distortion, among other capabilities.
We also offer consulting in bioinformatics, typically for smaller seed companies that do not have the budget to hire data scientists and related overhead, but still want to benefit from this technology to remain competitive.
Bioinformatics, available with Genovix®, to help understand and analyse biological data.
We can host your data with our software on the cloud – highly secure, global access, always backed up – no worries.
Some of our users have experienced hardware failures wherein months of data have been lost. In a few cases, incredibly, the responsible IT staff did no backups for weeks or months, with serious consequences. In other cases, client IT response has been slow, with users waiting weeks or months for an update for our software. Others compared the costs of outsourcing their IT and discovered that our costs are less. Since we know our software and all the requirements best, we can do the tasks faster and more reliably.
These are some of the reasons why more of our users around the world, as well as many of our recent new clients, are choosing our cloud software as a service option. We take care of it all – selecting the server according to your needs, all the installation, moving your data to the cloud, all the scalability changes done in hours if your needs increase, all updates, all the maintenance, faster and more direct support, all the backups and more – following the highest industry standards. Reduce the risk of hackers, worms, viruses and more. We use the Azure® or AWS® datacentres around the world, with your own private space on your server, for highest level of security. Our larger clients request geo-redundancy where all the data is also backed up onto another datacentre. We recommend that clients download a backup to their premises as well.
Consider our cloud deployment for all the concrete advantages so that you can focus on what you do best.
Off-line data capture has many advantages over field books or entering data into a spreadsheet.
Genovix Mobile® is compatible with Android® or iOS® phones or tablets as well as Windows® tablets. The secure Remote Data Manager tool in Genovix downloads and uploads experiments or nurseries for Genovix Mobile while connected to the internet. Data capture in the field, lab or greenhouse occurs offline. The same tablet could hold experiments or nurseries for different breeding or variety testing programs. In addition to data, Genovix Mobile can capture and upload digital photos, plot comments and GPS co-ordinates. Bar code reading via Bluetooth identifies a given plot or plant and simplifies data entry.
Data input can be on a plot, subsample, repeated measure or individual plant basis. There are many options to customize the interface and save time in data entry. These include timed data entry per plot or subsample, data validation rules, plot navigation options and a toggle to go from the plot data entry view to a data table view of all data entered so far. When done and again connected to the internet, Genovix Mobile can upload many thousands of data points with any images and other information, securely and exactly synchronized to a Genovix SQL database. The Remote Data Manager ensures final data validation and approval before data synchronization.
Our users in several continents appreciate the considerable amount of time saved each year with this secure application.
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5 Reasons Genovix® Should Be Your Plant Breeding & Variety Testing Software of Choice
Published November 17, 2022