FEEDBACK REQUEST: how should we name experimental varieties?


#1

As we’ve added more and more experimental varieties to our system, we noticed that we haven’t had a consistent naming convention for them, other than that they start with EX. Sometimes, EXP is capitalized, sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes we include #, sometimes we don’t.

So we’d like to make a consistent naming convention for our experimental varieties.

Here’s a list of our current experimental varieties:

  • EX ADHA #484
  • EX ADHA #527
  • EX ADHA #529
  • EX Exp #04190
  • EX Exp #05256
  • EX EXP #07270
  • EX Exp #431
  • EX Exp #484
  • EX Exp #529
  • EX Exp #6277
  • EX Exp #6300
  • EX HBC #344
  • EX HBC 342
  • EX HBC 353
  • EX HBC 472
  • EX HBC 586
  • EX HBC 682
  • EX HBC 692
  • EX ZA N1/69
  • EX ZA U1/108
  • EX ZA U3/132
  • EX ZA XJA2/436
  • EXP US BRU-1

With those in mind, we’re thinking of doing the following:

  1. Removing EXP (it’s redundant)
  2. Removing the # sign
  3. Removing country code unless it’s a non-US based variety (like EX ZA U1/108)

With those changes, this is how the list will look:

  • EX ADHA 484
  • EX ADHA 527
  • EX ADHA 529
  • EX 04190
  • EX 05256
  • EX 07270
  • EX 431
  • EX 484
  • EX 529
  • EX 6277
  • EX 6300
  • EX HBC 344
  • EX HBC 342
  • EX HBC 353
  • EX HBC 472
  • EX HBC 586
  • EX HBC 682
  • EX HBC 692
  • EX ZA N1/69
  • EX ZA U1/108
  • EX ZA U3/132
  • EX ZA XJA2/436
  • EX BRU-1

With that, we have a few questions:

  1. Do these changes make sense?
  2. Is there anything we’re missing to help make things more clear?
  3. Should we always include the country code? (i.e., EX US 431 and EX US HBC 344 and EX US BRU-1)

Any feedback would be great! Thanks!


#2

It would be good to keep the country code, because a producer may decide to use the same number, yet test it in 2 different countries, for some reason. It is up to them to decide their coding conventions. It could may make it easier, in the long run, to track breed lines too.