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Getting the Perfect Cluster Shape: Defining Table & Wine Grape Traits with DNA Markers

Getting the Perfect Cluster Shape: Defining Table & Wine Grape Traits with DNA Markers USDA Scientist Rachel Naegele,  UM professor Matt Clark, and Cornell Extension Associate Tim Martinson describe how image analysis is being used in the VitisGen2 project on mapping … Continue reading

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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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