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Research Project: Enhancing Genomic Resources for Cranberry Breeding and Genetic Research

Location: Genetic Improvement for Fruits & Vegetables Laboratory

Project Number: 8042-21000-023-003-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 1, 2018
End Date: Aug 31, 2023

Deliver enhanced genomic resources for cranberry breeding and genetic research including: improved genome assemblies, germplasm genotypes, mapping populations, saturated genetic linkage maps, mapping data for high value quantitative traits, and candidate gene analysis using genetic and bioinformatic approaches.

Specific goals include, but are not limited to characterizing loci and alleles associated with disease resistance and fruit chemistry, improving the genome assembly; and genotyping and gene discovery for important traits such as fruit quality and disease resistance in American cranberry collections. A CRiSPR system will also be developed for gene editing in cranberry. The cranberry rhizosphere microbiome is recognized for its importance in maintaining cranberry health. A stable isotope probing system will be developed to determine the key rhizosphere microorganisms that impact cranberry plant health.