|WHITAKER, VANCE - University Of Florida|
|KNAPP, STEVEN - University Of California, Davis|
|HARDIGAN, MICHAEL - Michigan State University|
|EDGER, PATRICK - Michigan State University|
|HYTONEN, TIMO - University Of Helsinki|
|MACKENZIE, KATHRYN - University Of Helsinki|
Submitted to: Horticulture Research
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/26/2020
Publication Date: 3/15/2020
Citation: Whitaker, V.M., Knapp, S.J., Hardigan, M.A., Edger, P.P., Slovin, J.P., Bassil, N.V., Hytonen, T., Mackenzie, K.K. 2020. A roadmap for research in octoploid strawberry. Horticulture Research. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41438-020-0252-1.
Technical Abstract: The cultivated strawberry (Fragaria ×ananassa) is an allo-octoploid species, originating nearly 300 years ago from wild progenitors from the Americas. Since that time the strawberry has become the most widely cultivated fruit crop in the world, universally appealing due to its sensory qualities and health benefits. The recent publication of the first high-quality chromosome-scale octoploid strawberry genome (cv. Camarosa) is enabling rapid advances in genetics, stimulating scientific debate and provoking new research questions. In this forward-looking review article we propose avenues of research that have potential to produce new biological insights and applications to agriculture. Among these are the early origins of the genome, characterization of genetic variants, and big data approaches to breeding. Key areas of research in molecular biology will include the control of flowering, fruit development, fruit quality and plant-pathogen interactions. In order to realize this potential as a global community, investments in genome resources must be continually augmented.