1a. Objectives (from AD-416):
The objectives of this project will be to: 1) promote joint research and disseminate the experience of evaluating genetically engineered resistance to plum pox virus in Europe; and 2) demonstrate the effectiveness, stability, and safety of the genetically engineered plum variety, 'HoneySweet', in Europe.
1b. Approach (from AD-416):
Scientific exchanges will be undertaken in order to collaborate on research projects and field tests of 'HoneySweet' plum. European researchers will work in the U.S. with ARS scientists in molecular characterization of gene expression in 'HoneySweet' trees and fruit. U.S. researchers will work in Europe with the evaluation and data collection from Europe field tests of 'HoneySweet' plum.
3. Progress Report:
In collaboration with researchers in France and the Czech Republic, ARS scientists studied the expression and stability of Plum pox virus resistance of the genetically engineered plum 'HoneySweet' under simulated climate extremes. Scientists from France and the Czech Republic are expected to work on the project in the ARS laboratories for periods of one to three months during FY 2012-2014.