In the Software Development Group at Genetwister, people with different backgrounds work together in the design, implementation and maintenance of software tools focused on genomics and breeding data management. We do not believe in isolated programming, each member of the group complements the rest of the team with their comprehensive knowledge and experience in different stages of the software development life cycle process. We count on  software engineers to design and build tools, bioinformaticians to give user-support to these tools, and  ICT experts to maintain the infrastructure in which these tools run.

In order to develop software applications in a sustainable way, tools with a performance that can scale linearly when there is an increase in the amount of data to process or visualize, we use a distributed computing approach. Particularly, we develop high performance data analysis programs by using technologies like Spark and Hadoop, combined with distributed databases like Cassandra.

Additionally, the Software Development Group maintain the on-premise hardware infrastructure in which all the tools and applications at Genetwister are executed by using Docker containers in an automated environment orchestrated using Rancher.

Our innovations

CROPaware
CROPaware

CROPaware

CROPaware – A web based software platform for breeding and genomics data management.

23 Apr. 2018 View project
Association analysis
Association analysis

Association analysis

Advanced statistical models are needed to increase the power to discover (new) associations between genetic and phenotypic variation

1 Aug. 2018 View project
High-throughput sequencing and genotyping
High-throughput sequencing and genotyping

High-throughput sequencing and ...

With increasing sample numbers and marker panel sizes, it is valuable to increase the throughput of sequencing and genotyping procedures. Genetwister develops cost-effective methods and applies available methods for allowing high-throughput genomics.

4 Apr. 2018 View project
High Molecular Weight DNA isolation
High Molecular Weight DNA isolation

High Molecular Weight DNA isolation

With the increasing demands for DNA molecule size and purity on the newest long read sequencing platforms, comes the need for developing new protocols for DNA isolation from different biological sources in the laboratory at Genetwister.

14 Mar. 2018 View project
Genomic Selection
Genomic Selection

Genomic Selection

Genomic selection (GS) is an alternative to marker-assisted selection, which can accelerate the genetic gain through shorter breeding cycles. Genetwister is implementing new breeding schemes and methods that integrate GS for crop improvement.

14 Mar. 2018 View project
Marker discovery
Marker discovery

Marker discovery

Discovery of markers in all plant species by next-generation sequencing for accelerated plant breeding

28 May. 2018 View project
Semantic Web
Semantic Web

Semantic Web

To interconnect different knowledge domains, we use different semantic web technologies.

14 Mar. 2018 View project
Haplotype discovery
Haplotype discovery

Haplotype discovery

Acceleration and cost reduction in plant breeding with improved genotype/phenotype relations, utilizing linked variants.

14 Mar. 2018 View project