Location: Grape Genetics Research Unit (GGRU)
Project Number: 8060-21220-007-007-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Oct 1, 2017
End Date: Jun 30, 2022
Overall project objectives are: 1) Economic Driver. Develop economic analyses to inform and support grower and breeder decisions and longer-term research investment decisions. 2) Technological Innovation. Combine genome-driven strategies with phenotype innovation for genetic characterization of high-priority traits. 3) Knowledge Application. Apply the advances of VitisGen in breeding strategies and execution. 4) Education and Impact. Demonstrate impact via Education and Stakeholder Outreach.
Funding for the ARS contribution to the broad project objectives above will support the following approaches: a) Maintain and locally phenotype 4 core mapping families at ARS-Parlier. Provide tissue and phenotype data to the phenotyping and genotyping centers for the genetic mapping of high-priority traits. b) Develop, optimize, and validate novel approaches for phenotyping high priority traits related to table grape or raisin quality for genetic mapping. c) Procure equipment for high-throughput automated analysis of powdery mildew infection parameters. In collaboration with Cornell personnel, use this equipment to develop, optimize, and validate novel approaches for phenotyping powdery mildew resistance for genetic mapping. d) Travel once per year to the annual project meeting, to update colleagues on progress and make plans for upcoming research.