Location: Floral and Nursery Plants Research
Project Number: 8020-21000-061-02-S
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Sep 26, 2011
End Date: Aug 14, 2014
The primary objective of this work is to characterize and develop ornamental plant germplasm using molecular markers, ploidy manipulation, and in-vitro technologies.
Select taxa of woody ornamental plants, including Cercis, Lagerstroemia, and Prunus, that have already been established in tissue culture, will be used to investigate ploidy manipulations that can be used to overcome crossing barriers and to develop seedless cultivars. In addition, unusual traits such as mutations or “sports”, will be investigated using molecular tools, and molecular markers will be used to characterize germplasm or hybrids.