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[Arabidopsis] Re: Barcode/tracking system for seeds, plants

Forde, Brian via arab-gen%40net.bio.net (by b.g.forde from lancaster.ac.uk)
Tue Feb 5 05:06:05 EST 2008

Hi Michael

A very useful and versatile system has just been published in Plant
Methods by Exner and colleagues, although it doesn't incorporate
barcoding.... This is the link:

Hope this helps


Brian G. Forde
Prof. of Environmental Plant Biotechnology
Department of Biological Sciences
Lancaster Environment Centre
Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4YQ
tel. +44 (0)1524 510207 (direct line)
email b.g.forde from lancaster.ac.uk

Editor-in-Chief Plant Methods
email plantmethods from lancaster.ac.uk

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Subject: [Arabidopsis] Re: Barcode/tracking system for seeds, plants

On Feb 1, 11:54 am, Michael Steinwand <msteinw... from pw.usda.gov> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I am seeking advice about any software that can be used for creating 
> and tracking seeds, plant specimens etc using a barcoding system. Our 
> lab will have a large population of Brachypodium, and we'd like to 
> figure out a way to improve our cataloging/tracking system before 
> we're flooded with samples. I'm really interested in using software 
> that can print sample-specific labels in various sizes and can also be

> used with a mobile scanning unit like a PDA. I've done some research 
> and found asset tracking software like that fromwww.redbeam.comand 
> label-making software like Bar Tender, but I'm wondering if there are 
> better options that other labs use to track seeds, etc. Any ideas or 
> helpful tips on barcoding?
> Thanks,
> Michael Steinwand
> 800 Buchanan St.
> Albany, CA 94710

Hi Michael!

I started a website for pretty much this reason and also to keep track
of our oligos glycerols and chemicals!!! Its located here:

It's a work in progress but it's already quite functional although i
haven't added the barcode functionality for seeds, and other items, yet
but it is on my to do list (that's the trouble when you are doing a PhD
you're always strapped for time). I will also be introducing a backup
system shortly as well so that the lab group owner is emailed a backup
of all of their database content on a weekly basis... just have a few
kinks to work out.

Anyway have a look... our lab is using it very successfully to keep
track of our oligos and a number of other labs are now using it as well.

I would be interested in hearing about improvements I could make to the
system so please don't hesitate to let me know. (if you find a bug or
have a suggestion you should post it in this forum...



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