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Re: Plant list up


More than I want to know! : > )

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Apr 8, 2006, at 4:44 PM, Christopher P. Lindsey wrote:

>> OK, Chris, I gotta ask:
>> How did you come up with your codes?
>
> :)
>
> The first part of the code is actually the genus -- each genus gets
> its own number, and they're created sequentially.  For example,  
> Knautia
> 'Mars Midget' is 122.
>
> Since I wanted to keep the code short for the bar codes that go on the
> pots, I then convert it to a hexadecimal value (basically, a base 16
> system instead of base 10).  So 122 becomes 07A.  It makes more of a
> difference when you get to larger numbers; 1000 is 3E8, so it takes  
> one
> character less.
>
> The second part is base 10 and is an identifier for the species.
> The first species in a genus is 0001, the second is 0002, etc.
>
> When you receive your plants there will be a third number, and that  
> will
> be the plant number in base 16 again.
>
> So 07A-0001-0001 would be the first plant, but 07A-0001-0010 would be
> the 16th plant.
>
> Each one has a unique bar code and id number (I wrote a program to  
> print
> out the labels).  I can then track specific plants if need be: if one
> has a problem, I can document it and record what I've done with it.
> I can also use it to identify seedlings of interest for plant breeding
> and to log fertilizer applications and the like.
>
> The biggest advantage is using it to meet state requirements.  I  
> can also
> track each plant back to its original source which is something that
> we're required to do by law.  If a supplier comes to me and says that
> their plants were infected with something, I can immediately identify
> which of my plants came from them and identify any customers that  
> might
> be affected as well.
>
> Someone on the list said I overthink things too much.  I dunno.  :)
>
> Chris
>
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