Genome database will help guide fruit choices, aid breeding

06/06/2014 12:07:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

applesApples are included in a new public fruit genome database.Researchers from the University of Florida, Washington State, Clemson, North Carolina State and Cornell have created a genome database to help improve fruit quality.

Although the Tree Fruit Genome Database Resources is open to anybody, it is designed primarily for researchers who study citrus, rosaceae and vaccinium crops, according to a news release.

Rosaceae is the family that includes apples, cherries, peaches, strawberries, pears and ornamental roses. Vaccinium includes blueberries and cranberries.

Users can access the database through the website, www.tfgdr.org. The site also features videos and articles that discuss genomics, breeding and how databases can play a role in solving industry problems in fruit production.

Washington State University researchers are working to add the Growers Toolbox—an online decision-making tool.

It will provide weather, soil and environmental information to help growers decide which fruit varieties are best suited to their growing conditions.



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