VitisGen2 Project Vision & Goals: Increase Economic and Environmental Sustainability of Grape Production
Recent economic analyses and industry surveys have emphasized the importance of developing new grape varieties with high fruit quality and resistance to powdery mildew. The VitisGen2 project is a multi-institution research collaboration funded by the USDA-NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative for the development of new grape varieties to meet these goals. Launched in October 2017 to expand on work from the first VitisGen project, the objectives for this four-year project are as follows:
- To evaluate the economic impact of introducing new grape varieties on cost, yield, revenue, profit, pesticide use, and the environment
- To develop high-throughput phenotyping methods to identify desirable disease resistance and fruit quality traits
- To create high-resolution genetic maps based on phenotyping results to facilitate inexpensive marker assisted selection in breeding populations
- To enhance communication regarding the value of improved knowledge of grape genomics, new varieties, new technologies, and evolving needs of the grape industry and consumers.