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Program Uses Genetics to Bolster Grape Breeding

November 29, 2017

Powdery mildew, downy mildew, and black rot disease are all issues that plague the modern raisin, table, or winegrape grower and are exactly the issues the VitisGen and VitisGen2 projects seek to find solutions for. In fact, this multi-university project has made leaps and bounds in the first iteration, learning about grape genetics and markers. The project was recently renewed with a $6.5 million USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Research Initiative grant.