Category Archives: Genetics and the Grape

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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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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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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Quantitative Trait Loci Linked to Downy Mildew Resistance

VitisGen2 researchers Konstantin Divilov, Paola Barba, Lance Cadle-Davidson, and Bruce Reisch found multiple quantitative trait loci associated with downy mildew sporulation and hypersensitive response in hybrid grape families using a single phenotype model. Read full article here    

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