26 May 2006

Real World Access (5)

One of a series of articles about where Microsoft Office Access applications have found a real-world niche.

Joan Wild's tree breeding

It started as a database to track the breeding activities (tree breeding, that is) of a tree improvement cooperative.  Selection of parent trees, collection / extraction / storage / testing of pollen, breeding plans/activities, collection / extraction / testing / storage of seed.

It then grew to include all the testing of this material.  Growing, planting of the tests, and then the capture of measurements in the field.  This latter part was done via handheld units, with Excel as the intermediary.

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