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Staff Spotlight on Cheng Zou

VitisGen2 team member Cheng Zou, postdoctoral researcher in Qi Sun’s lab at Cornell University, talks about finding a core-genome markers for comparing genotypic data across all grape species, and the applications for marker assisted selection and quantitative trait mapping! Don’t … Continue reading

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New RIPE article on genetic linkage mapping

Our new “Research In Plain English” article is now available: “A new locus associated with downy mildew resistance is found by creating a more accurate genetic linkage map” Our VitisGen2 teams are doing a lot of great work learning about … Continue reading

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Qi Sun, Anne Fennell and Dario Cantu participate in INTEGRAPE meeting in Greece.

The Integrape meeting is focused on developing FAIR (Findable, Accesible, Interoperable and Reusable) standards to harmonize databases on Vitis genomics, genetics, and breeding. Report written by Qi Sun and Anne Fennell Integrape (http://www.integrape.eu) is a cooperation network sponsored by European Cooperation … Continue reading

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“American Vineyard” article on table grape breeding

Tim Martinson, Craig Ledbetter and Rachel Naegele wrote an article for “American Vineyard” magazine about how VitisGen2 is using marker assisted selection to breed new table grape varieties with deeper coloration. You can read the full article!

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Lu Yin, PhD candidate at UMinn, featured in new Staff Spotlight

Lu Yin is a PhD candidate and research assistant at the University of Minnesota, working in Dr Matthew Clark’s lab to breed grapes that are more resistant to the insect pest foliar phylloxera. She answered our questions about her advice … Continue reading

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New Technology for Next-gen DNA Sequencing Validated by the VitisGen2 Project

A new technology called rhAmpSeq™ is allowing grape geneticists and breeders to rapidly find and validate 2000 markers in diverse grape varieties and species.  These ‘core genome markers’ provide a new set of mileposts that were used during a pilot … Continue reading

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Staff spotlight on Janet van Zoeren

Janet van Zoeren joined the VitisGen2 extension and outreach team a few months ago, when she started as viticulture extension support specialist at Cornell University. Her role with the project involves updating the website, writing articles about project developments and publications, … Continue reading

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“The Phenotyping Bottleneck” – new Wines and Vines article

A new article by Tim Martinson and Lance Cadle-Davidson was published in the December issue of Wines and Vines. The full pdf of the article is available at “The Phenotyping Bottleneck: How grape breeders link desired traits to DNA markers“.  

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Staff spotlight on Surya Sapkota

Surya Sapkota, post-doctoral researcher at Cornell University and long-time member of the VitisGen projects, works with preparing, inoculating, and processing grape leaf tissue samples for powdery mildew resistance assessments. We asked him some questions about his background (he learned about growing … Continue reading

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