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“Research in Plain English” Article on Grape Color

The new “Research In Plain English” is available now : “Quantifying grape color” VitisGen2 team member Anna Underhill researched a digital image analysis technique to quantify the color of grapes and then found the associated genetic regions. Working with an … Continue reading

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Upcoming Webinar: April 14th!

April 14th, 2PM EST (1PM CST) Click here to register A low-cost core genome marker platform that works well across the diverse Vitis genus. rhAmpSeq delivers 2000 markers from 22,000 individuals, 91% transferable, covering 97% of the core grape genome … Continue reading

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Anne Fennell named Distinguished Professor!

Dr. Anne Fennell recognized for numerous research contributions A primary investigator and member of the VitisGen2 breeding and genetics teams, Anne was named as a distinguished professor at the SDSU’s annual Celebration of Faculty Excellence. Read more about the event … Continue reading

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Grape Selections from the VitisGen and VitisGen2 Projects

The VitisGen and VitisGen2 projects represent major investments in understanding grapevine genetics – and particularly in identifying markers associated with desirable traits for use in ‘marker-assisted selection’.   DNA markers identified by geneticists and breeders are now incorporated into several selections and mapping … Continue reading

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Staff spotlight with new project manager, Ugo Ikeogu

We recently mentioned that VitisGen2 has a new project manager, Ugo Ikeogu. We’re very excited to have him on board! We’ve asked him a few questions about his background, extensive experience with genetics and phenotyping, what he’s looking forward to … 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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“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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