Bar code labelling system for managing and tracking microbial culture collections and experiments in labs

Tiziana Gramazio, Vladimir Schlevin, Simon Yashaev, Luca Bortoluzzi, S. Micheli , Tsvi Kuflik, Yigal Elad, Ilaria Pertot

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Maintaining microbial culture collections, as well as management of safety at work, are relevant aspects in research centres especially in small ones dealing with biocontrol in agriculture. Accurate planning and managing experiments fosters reliability of the scientific data, while saving time and money. LExMaS is a bar code based mobile information system, developed in order to assist small research centres in carrying out experimental activities in microbiological labs and experimental fields. It is a simple and reliable logging system that allows online mobile gathering of data related to the components of experimental trials with microorganisms (biocontrol agents, plant pathogens, etc.). The bar code labelling also allows managing safety sheets and procedures for using hazardous substances and microorganisms and maintenance of lab facilities. The system is composed of two main components: desktop and mobile (based on a wireless, mobile barcode reader and logger), which are interconnected by a local area network. The system is multilingual, with the possibility to select the preferred language among English, French, German and Italian. The wireless architecture and the handy data-loggers allow portability and reduction of costs with long term benefits in simplifying lab management and in guaranteeing data traceability and reproducibility of trial methodology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of IOBC/WPRS Working Group
Subtitle of host publicationBiological control of fungal and bacterial plant pathogens Fundamental and practical approaches to increase biocontrol efficacy
Place of PublicationSPA, Belgium
StatePublished - 2007


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