Mapping the way to the next generation of grapes
Welcome to VitisGen
Reasons for Grape Cultivar Improvement...
What is VitisGen?
VitisGen is a large, multi-disciplinary, collaborative project focused on decreasing the time, effort and cost involved in developing the next generation of grapes. Vitisgen incorporates cutting edge genomics technology and socioeconomic research into the traditional grape breeding and evaluation process, which will speed up the ability to identify important genes related consumer-valued traits like disease resistance, low temperature tolerance and enhanced fruit quality. Identifying these genes will help grape breeding programs from around the world to more rapidly develop new grape varieties that will appeal to a wide range of consumers, while also addressing grower and producer needs. Additionally, the scientific resources developed during the project will allow scientists and breeders to address other issues and needs that have regional significance, like salinity or drought tolerance.
Vitisgen represents a new model of scientific collaboration. The integration of the needs of multiple interests—breeders, growers, fruit processors and consumers—into a single outcome will result in novel grape varieties that are beneficial to producers, processors and consumers.
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News from VitisGen
Dr. Bruce Reisch, grape breeder at Cornell University and project director for VitisGen, discusses how breeders make crosses, how they choose what parents to use in those crosses, and how VitisGen will make this process more efficient and help to produce improved grape varieties for juice, wine and the fresh market.
For more details about the breeding process and how VitisGen will improve it, you can watch the full-length video here.
Program has $9 million to develop better grapes
Sarah Thompson, Chronicle Online, October 24, 2012
Funding for VitisGen "Accelerating grape cultivar improvement via phenotyping centers and next generation markers" is provided by a Specialty Crop Research Initiative Competitive Grant, Award No. 2011-51181-30635, of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. This site is hosted at Cornell University. Copyright © 2013.