Los Baños, Laguna---The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development has funded a project that developed an online database system for descriptive information on all citrus collections of the 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, NVSU citrus expert Ma. Cecilia Salas said in a press conference here.
“CitRIS is an online database system with a window-based platform where data entry on descriptions of citrus species and varieties is done,” Salas said. “CitRIS currently holds data for PCRDC’s 76 accessions of 16 citrus species from seven provinces of the Philippines.”
“The information system has been developed as part of the PCRDC project on citrus genetic resources conservation,” added Vilchor G. Perdido, another NVSU citrus expert.
“PCRDC now keeps a collection of over 1,300 mother trees in its screenhouse. The project will continue to establish a core collection from all regions where citrus germplasm can be located,” he added.
The web-based platform can be accessed at http://citrusproject.nvsu.edu.ph. PCAARD is an agency under the Department of Science and Technology.