The mission of the Grape Genetics Research Unit is the advancement of grape production through interdisciplinary research, breeding and technology transfer. The goals of the program are to reduce losses to crop yield and quality that result from diseases, pests, and abiotic stress and improve grape and grape product quality and utilization. Enhanced varieties and techniques will be developed using breeding, genetics, genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics and transferred to grape growers, packers, and processors. The primary research areas are: (1) Development of resistance to pests and diseases in grape scion and rootstock; (2) Superior adaptation to growing conditions and tolerance of abiotic stress; (3) Improved product quality through enhanced knowledge of mechanisms governing color, flavor, aroma, sensory characters, and yield.
Research Leader: Dr. Gan-Yuan Zhong (315)787-2482