1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
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.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Use genetic engineering to create seedless, rot resistant cultivars and extend the information to growers, wholesalers and retailers.
ARS scientists have established the vineyard; (erected trellises, dug irrigation system, etc.) for establishing plantings of the experimental muscadine grape. Awaiting the muscandine plant materials from cooperator.