Many genebanks globally contain untapped
resources of distinct alleles which will remain hidden unless
efforts are initiated to screen these alleles of its potential
use and function.
The deployment of useful diversity using
core collections has been an area of much interest for researchers
especially those working in the field of allele mining. The
prerequisite of any core collection established is that it
captures the complete diversity of the entire collection it
was derived from. A core set should not be considered a substitute
of the entire collection.
The recent advancements in technological
tools related to genomics and bioinformatics have made it
possible to discover new alleles for any gene of interest.
These new techniques also create a further challenge of linking
traditional phenotypic information to a larger quantity of
sequential and genetic information and to complement activities
carried out for germplasm enhancement. Allele mining provides
the avenue for the validation of specific gene (s) responsible
for a particular trait and mining of the most favorable alleles.
The advent of PowerCore that implements the
advance M-strategy using a modified heuristic algorithm (A*)
is hoped to provide users the added ability to develop core
or allele mining sets representing all alleles or classes
of their observations whilst ensuring the least allelic redundancy
and highly reproducible list of entries..
PowerCore software uses the .NET Framework
Version 1.1 environment and is freely available for the MS