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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Improved Disease-Resistant Seedless Muscadine Grape Cultivars Utilizing Consumer-Friendly Genetic Modification Technologies

Location: Southern Horticultural Research

Project Number: 6404-21000-009-13
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Oct 01, 2011
End Date: Sep 30, 2016

Objective:
The goal of this program is to modify quality attributes of muscadine grape (Vitis rotundifolia Micx. and hybrids) in order to broaden its consumer acceptance, thus increasing production and markets. The primary objective is to add the seedless trait to target cultivars. The secondary objective is to increase resistance to fungal diseases that plague certain important cultivars, leading to poor shelf life.

Approach:
Use genetic engineering to create seedless, rot resistant cultivars and extend the information to growers, wholesalers and retailers.

Last Modified: 8/1/2014
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