Non-AFRE Co-Principle Investigators: Rebecca Grumet, Robert Day, Bernard Zandstra (Horticulture)
This project is funded by USDA and implemented by the Horticulture and collaborating Faculty/Departments at MSU. With release of the cucumber draft genome sequences, translational genomics is now practical for this important specialty crop. We propose to develop translational genomics tools and use them to address two critical issues in cucumber production – resistance against the newly emerged destructive strain of the downy mildew pathogen and persisting portyviruses. This project has four specific objectives:
Our long-term goals are to develop molecular breeding tools for more efficient cucumber improvement, especially more effective introduction of recessive disease resistances into elite cucumber lines; to accelerate development of germplasm with enhanced resistance; and to better serve the needs of our stakeholders. This multi-state, trans-disciplinary, collaborative research project addresses legislatively mandated focus area #1 (research in plant breeding, genetics, and genomics to improve crop characteristics), and belongs to SCRI-identified FY2011 priority topics #1 (research in plant breeding, genetics, and genomics to improve crop characteristics) and #2 (identify and address threats from pests and diseases).
Implementation: Apr. 2013 – Aug. 2015.
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