Author Archives: janetvanzoeren

RIPE article and staff spotlight on Olena Sambucci

Olena Sambucci, a postdoctoral researcher at UC Davis, focuses her research on the economic trade-offs between grape traits, including disease resistance, wine varietal name, flavor profiles, and many other factors. She is part of VitisGen2’s economics team, under the guidance … Continue reading

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New “Research In Plain English” article on foliar phylloxera resistance

Our new “Research In Plain English” article is now available: “New resistance genes mapped for an important foliar insect pest of some hybrid grape cultivars” The VitisGen2 team members at the University of Minnesota have been studying the genetic underpinnings … Continue reading

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Using neural networks to identify Powdery Mildew

‘Practice makes perfect’ is undeniably cliché, but its truth is evident to everyone who has ever tried to learn a new skill.  Whether it’s hitting baseballs, pushing piano keys, or pipetting off supernatant, this inevitable cycle of trial and error … Continue reading

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New staff spotlight featuring Mélanie Massonnet from UC Davis

Mélanie is a postdoctoral associate in Dario Cantu’s lab in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California in Davis. She is in charge of the genome-wide transcriptional analyses of the breeding populations for powdery mildew resistance … Continue reading

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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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