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Alumni Update – It’s a Boy!

Shanshan Yang, a former postdoc on the VitisGen1 genetics team, is proud to announce the birth of her baby boy, Ryan, on June 5th!  Shanshan is currently the Bioinformatics Core Manager at the Biodesign Institute of Arizona State University.  Congratulations, … Continue reading

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Why the World’s Most Popular Wine Grapes Are Vulnerable to a Pandemic

An article by Jen Pinkowski in Mental Floss discusses the lack of genetic diversity in the most commonly cultivated V. vinifera grapes. “The vast majority of wine produced across the world derives from a single grapevine species: Vitis venifera. The … Continue reading

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The Quest to Grow the First Great American Wine Grape

An article by Kevin Begos in the Smithsonian Magazine features the VitisGen2 project. “VitisGen is a project that aims to do for wine what the Human Genome Project did for humans. That is: use the vast power and rapidly declining … Continue reading

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Molecular Changes in Vitis vinifera Associated with the Onset of Pierce’s Disease

A new publication out of UC Davis, co-authored by VitisGen2 genetics team member, Dario Cantu, investigated molecular changes in vines infected by Pierce’s disease.  The bacterial disease is of major concern because it is vectored by a ubiquitous insect, the … Continue reading

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Webinar – Automated Evaluation of Grape Breeding Progeny to Reduce the Phenotyping Bottleneck

April 19th 2018, 2pm EST – Automated Evaluation of Grape Breeding Progeny to Reduce the Phenotyping Bottleneck – watch recording While genetic information is becoming inexpensive, measuring attributes of interest such as disease resistance or cluster architecture has been a … Continue reading

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Grape Breeders No Longer Flying Blind

Wines & Vines, March 2018 issue By Tim Martinson “For grape breeders and geneticists, the previous trickle of scarce genetic knowledge has turned into a flood of DNA sequence information. For the first time, there is enough sequence information to … Continue reading

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