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

Location: Genetic Improvement for Fruits & Vegetables Laboratory

Project Number: 8042-21000-279-05-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

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

Objective:
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.

Approach:
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.