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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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