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Grapevine genetics and breeding
Research unit (GMGV) - Sustainable and smart viticultural production under a climate change context.
The Unit aims to provide new grapevine cultivars and genetic knowledge for sustainable and smart viticultural production under a climate change context. We investigate associations between genetic and phenotypic variation in segregating populations, germplasm collections and somatic variants to gain a better understanding of resistance to downy and powdery mildews, resilience factors to abiotic stress (drought) present in Vitis spp. and quality traits that increase the economic value of wine and table grapes, such as flavonoid composition, aromatic precursors and seedlessness. Functional validation of candidate genes, oriented to the next-generation breeding, is performed by genetically engineering microvine plants. In parallel, a classical breeding program for resistance and wine quality is conducted possibly assisted by molecular markers.
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