BMS 3.0 Manuals

About the Breeding Management System

Breeding Management System (BMS) is an information management system developed by the Integrated Breeding Platform to help breeders manage the breeding process, from programme planning to decision-making. The BMS suite of tools supports multiple breeding strategies: fmns

  • Conventional breeding
  • Marker-assisted selection
  • Marker-assisted recurrent selection
  • Marker-assisted backcrossing

The BMS package includes:

  • Software needed to run BMS
  • Crop databases preloaded with ontology terms and templates to help get started
  • Instructions, tutorials, and other documents to help you install and use the BMS
  • Support at

Server Edition

The BMS is available in a server edition. Users with data sharing requirements will favor this edition, which can be installed on local or remote servers. Please contact to request a demonstration of the BMS via remote server or to learn more about installing the system on a local server.

Minimal server requirements:

  • 64 bit Windows Server Machine
  • 8-16GB of Ram
  • At least 4 cores
  • General purpose SSD

Optimal set-up

  • 64 bit Windows Server Machine
  • 16GB of Ram
  • 4 cores
  • High (I/O)
  • General purpose SSD
  • 500G of storage

Supported browsers:

  • Firefox 20 and above (recommended)
  • Google Chrome 27 and above

Desktop Edition: Locally Installed Application

The BMS is also available for installation on a personal computer. Local installation has no server or internet connectivity requirements. Remote breeding programs with limited data sharing requirements may favor running the BMS from a personal computer. Access the Breeding Management System (BMS) installers online or request DVD download ( To run the BMS, you will need a personal computer running the Microsoft Windows operating system (XP or a more recent version). The Workbench runs in a web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Firefox), but you do not need to be connected to the internet to run the BMS.

Minimum system requirements

  • 2 GB RAM
  • 1 GHz dual core
  • 32 bit Windows
  • 250 GB hard disk

Recommended system requirements

  • 4 GB RAM
  • 1 GHz dual core
  • 64 bit Windows
  • 500 GB hard disk

Supported browsers

  • Internet Explorer 8 and above
  • Firefox 20 and above
  • Google Chrome 27 and above


Tools Overview

Breeding Management System (BMS) tools are applications that assist and inform programme development. Tools can be categorized by (1) database integration and (2) stand-alone capabilities. All tools can be launched from the Workbench, but some tools function as stand-alone applications independent of the Workbench and the databases.

Database Integrated Tools

The Breeding Management System (BMS) contains database-integrated tools that seamlessly connect to the crop database when launched from an established Workbench program.  Database integration minimizes the need to manually create, save, and import files as you move through a breeding programme.  When these tools are launched through the Workbench, selected data moves seamlessly from the database to the application.

  • Germplasm List Manager: Browse, search, and filter germplasm to create custom lists
  • Breeding Manager: Design crosses, advance generations, and select progeny
  • Genotype Database Manager:  Connect germplasm to genotype data
  • Nursery Manager: Design, manage, and advance nurseries
  • Trial Manager: Design and manage field trials
  • Statistical Analysis with Breeding View*:  Analyze phenotypic data, single site, and multi-site analyses

Tools without Database Integration

These tools, even when launched from the workbench, are not automatically preloaded with selected data. Data files must be created, saved, and imported into these tools. Expect these tools to be database integrated in future versions of the Breeding Management System (BMS).

  • Multi-Site Multi-Year Analysis
  • QTL Analysis (Breeding View): Identify quantitative trait loci
  • Molecular Breeding Planner:  Match breeding goals and crop genetic considerations to marker-assisted breeding programmes
  • Molecular Breeding Design Tool: Select target genotypes for marker-assisted backcross breeding (MABC) and determine optimal population sizes for each generation
  • Decision support tool for marker-assisted selection (OptiMAS): Generate a target genotype by predicting the recombination of favourable QTL into a target genotype

Crop Ontology

The BMS allows breeders the ability to customize crop ontology terms to match the traits and measurements important in their breeding program. The BMS comes pre-loaded with curated crop-specific ontology terms for eleven crops: bean, cassava, chickpea, cowpea, groundnut, lentil, maize, pearl millet, rice, sorghum and wheat. A generic ontology is provided to support additional crop species.