Do you know the brain of Euralis research data management?

July 27, 2018

The seed sector doesn’t escape the global trend: more and more data are generated every year in plant breeding. It pops the question how to get the best out of this mass of information. Euralis started considering this question already in the nineties, and developed its own platform, Helix, exactly for this purpose.

It was built “brick by brick” by our SIR service (Statistics, Informatics, Research and Development). This group consists of seven people and is in charge of IT, statistical and methodological developments as well as training and support for 190 users of the Helix platform, spread over 16 sites. The development of the platform would not have been possible without the close collaboration of the selection teams of our division Euralis Seeds.

The platform is designed to manage data, business processes and data analysis at all phases of the field crop improvement cycle. It concerns all of the following crops: corn, sunflower, rapeseed, sorghum and soybean. And to keep it perfectly up to date, the platform is continually enriched and adapted to follow the evolution of organizations and trades (agronomy, biotechnology, computer science). In addition, it provides mobile solutions for inputs in nurseries, greenhouses and trials using laptops and tablets, as well as embedded software in harvesters, allowing the collection of data during the harvesting of research trials.

The platform manages, in an integrated and centralized way, the data flows related to the business processes, both in the field, from seedling preparation to harvesting, data collection and validation, as well as in the molecular analysis laboratory, from the sampling of leaves or seeds to the validated molecular data.

In recent years, there has been a significant change in the volumes to be managed.

This platform is to be seen as the repository of all of Euralis genetics with more than 20 years of results. What is really great is that this platform guarantees integration, storage and data integrity. It is hosted in secure data centers, and it allows a global and transversal vision, for all the teams of the different geographic research stations across Europe.

To know more about research data management within Euralis, find the entire article on European-seed.