MGIS new release December 2019

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We are continuing to enrich the content of MGIS and add new features not only to better document the Musa germplasm but also to facilitate the data management of data provided by our partners. For the moment, curators can only manage passport data, but soon will be able to manage characterization data.

Last summer we conducted a survey on the MGIS website and we appreciate those who answered our questions. This new website release reflects some of the expectations of our users as expressed in the survey. More information on the survey and its results can be found here.

MGIS content

The latest release includes additional Passport Data from a new partner who signed the MGIS Data sharing Agreement (DSA):

  • We would like to thank Colombia through  (AGROSAVIA) for it confidence in signing the DSA and providing their accession (192) passport data.

We have now 30 collections providing data to MGIS for a total of 6,606 accessions.

At the same time, we have updated the Passport Data of the Bioversity International Musa Germplasm Transit Centre (ITC) in Belgium. Forty-one new accessions have been added to the ITC collection, among which 30 accessions were collected during a 16-day mission in October 2016 on the islands of Bougainville, Buka and Sohano in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea (PNG). The mission was co-organized by the National Agriculture Research Institute (NARI) in PNG and Bioversity International, and was funded by CGIAR Genebank Platform, with a contribution of the Belgium government through the PhenSeeData project. You can look at the catalogue of the collected varieties here.

New filter on accession search page

For ITC accessions cited in scientific papers listed in MGIS, we have created tags to identify the main topic of research (pest, disease, biotic, abiotic stress). It is now possible to search for ITC accessions that have been cited in research papers. We added a new filter labeled evaluation traits in the column Filter by: on right hand of the accession passport data table on the accession search page, as below

Menu reorganised

We have reorganised the menu for more consistency and clarity but also to promote some features such as the Musa Online Ordering System (MOOS) and highlight new features like phenotyping studies listing and information pages for MGIS.Net and MusaTab.


Under the Studies menu you will access two type of publications lists: one on genotyping and one on phenotyping.  These publications contain references to ITC accessions. If you access the details of the publication you will see at the bottom of the abstract a table containing the passport data of the ITC accessions cited in the publication. On top of the table, a hyperlink labelled Add displayed accessions to My List allows you to use the list for exporting passport data in CSV or Excel format or to place an order (for accessions available for distribution).

For phenotyping studies, we have created a list of tags to help identify the main subject of the study such as: Fusarium wilt (TR4), Agronomic performance, Banana weevil, Water stress. It should be noted that these tags appear in the list of filters available on the accession search page on right side of the accession table.

Geo reference data currated

Thanks to the passport data validation tool provided by Genesys Crop Trust we checked the 2,058 geo references curently stored in MGIS. As a result:

  • 61 geo references have been corrected because they were flagged as COASTAL geo references, meaning that the GPS coordinates were located in the sea
  • 95 geo references were corrected for the wrong country code.

Tools for Passport Data curation

It is now possible for curators/managers of collection to update or add accession passport data. To do so you need to register on the MGIS website and once your registration done, please send an email to with subject Authorization for collection MyCollection name

You will find more information on this page.


This routine curation work continues to enrich accessions information.  On each bottom of the page of ITC accession you will find the list of publications citing this specific accession.

MGIS continues to promote the use of DOI in collection. Since 2018,the Bioversity international Musa Germplasm Transit Centre (ITC) routinely assigns DOIs to material introduced in the collection. More details are available here:

As usual, comments and remarks are welcome. Feel free to send an email for any question related to MGIS.

Happy browsing, the MGIS Team.