Use of barcodes and digital balances for the identification and measurement of field trial data

C. Kuti, L. Láng, Z. Bedo

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The widespread use of digitally-controlled measuring and analytical devices and electronic data collectors, all equipped with microprocessors and linked to computers, has made it possible for on-line data collection to become a routine process. A rational combination of two up-to-date techniques, barcodes and digital balance terminals, linked to an average computer background (Kuti et al., 2003), has proved in practice to satisfy the criteria raised for the up-to-date processing of breeding data at low cost. This system is an example of how it is possible to reduce costs while processing data more rapidly and reliably and allowing human resources to be utilised more flexibly and efficiently. The modules (MvLabel, MvSticker, MvWeighing) of the program package developed in Martonvásár for the handling and analysis of the data from plant breeding and crop production experiments can also be used independently for the identification of experimental field units (spikes, rows, plots) and for the online handling of weight measurements and analytical data. They provide a simple solution for the design and printing of labels (self-adhesive or plastic) containing barcodes. They make it easier to retrieve the data recorded by digital balance terminals and store them on hard discs, while also helping to unify and synchronise the various parts of the system using barcode readers to identify the measurement data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-419
Number of pages11
JournalActa Agronomica Hungarica
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • Agroinformatics
  • Barcodes
  • Breeding
  • Label printing
  • Measurement
  • Software

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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