If I want to find which wheat line carries Ug99 rust resistance, I don’t go to a genebank database, nor even Theoretical and Applied Genetics TAG on the shelf behind me and where I saw the relevant article. I Google the phrase.
Pat Helsop-Harrison tells it like it is in the Annals of Botany blog. He’s previewing a virtual conference next week that questions how scientists and others share and manage information. Wouldn’t you know it, I’m probably too snowed under producing information myself to pay much attention, but I will be looking for summaries. There are now so many more different kinds of information, and so many different ways of finding things than there were before, that we need new approaches.