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Genetics & Genomics

Cameron Peace, Dorrie Main, Amit Dhingra and others are working to apply basic genetic science to accelerate the development of Washington-specific tree fruit varieties.

Various fruit on a plate. Side viewBuilding on the Genome Database for Rosaceae (GDR), tree fruit Genome Database Resources (tfGDR) will provide fundamental bioinformatics and database capabilities for Rosaceae and Citrus. It will be designed specifically to meet the needs of basic, translational and applied researchers, and industry stakeholders, facilitate the discovery of genes underlying important agricultural traits, develop markers for genomics-assisted-breeding, and enhance critical decision-making by apple, cherry, peach, strawberry and citrus breeders and growers.

Funded initially by the 2009 USDA NIFA Specialty Crops Research Initiative, the RosBREED  created a national, dynamic, sustained effort in research, infrastructure establishment, training, and extension for applying marker-assisted breeding (MAB) to deliver improved plant materials more efficiently and rapidly. RosBREED 2 was funded to build on the foundation established in the preceding RosBREED project, adding many new scientists and targeting diseases that industry stakeholders across the country have identified as key challenges.

tree fruit Genome Database Resources (tfGDR) RosBREED Project Applying Genomics
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