New tools

New tools, new opportunities at your fingertips

From 2014 to present, CAPFITOGEN has been releasing new interesting tools. They work under the same structure but are focused in other aspects of plant genetic resources conservation, particularly in in situ conservation. The most important new tools are:

  • Complementa: To obtain coverage and complementarity analysis by cell or protected areas networks for a given territory. It is also useful to determine the best  cells where to focus collecting efforts for multi-crop (or multi-species) expeditions.
  • Modela: Designed to obtain up to 11 different Species Distribution Models (SDM), evaluate them and (optionally) assemble the best rated. Modela can work with bioclimatic data for current and future conditions, producing results for both at the same time. This last requires the use of an auxiliar tool called Bfuture (see below). Modela is also able to carry out Focused Identification Germplasm Strategy (FIGS) analysis by the calibration method.

These and the other tools can work better with the support of new auxiliar tools such as:

  • TesTable: It checks your passport table formats (according to CAPFITOGEN template, which is pretty similar to MCPD v 2.0) and optionally corrects automatically any detected error.
  • SelecVar: It allows to select the most important and non-redundant ecogeographical variables for ELCmapas or Modela tools from an objective point of view (statistical methods).
  • rLayer: It allows to customize orginal CAPAFITOGEN ecogeographic layers (provided at country level) cropping them according to the user’s presence data /collecting sites distribution. Customized layers then are available for the rest of the tools.
  • Bfuture: This tool enables Modela to project models on future (climate change) bioclimatic scenarios. Bfuture downloads, transforms and adjusts bioclimatic data for future scenarios from worldclim (http://www.worldclim.org) to be used by Modela.
  • Mcompare: Mcompare uses the Modela results for present and future bioclimatic scenarios in order to make comparisons and determine in the target area (each cell) four classes for the species survival: a) reduction of the distribution area (occupied in present but not in future), b) not occupied in present nor future, c)occupied in present and future (same distribution) and d) increase of the distribution area (not in present but occupied in the future).

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