All days

Aim of the WP



Production of genomic, transcriptomic and metabolomic tools and knowledge to lay the foundation of efficient marker-assisted breeding for varietal innovation and better comprehension, in molecular terms, of the key quality traits of apple fruit. The availability of the Golden Delicious apple genome sequence is a key element to obtain these objectives. In particular we will deliver:


-         a comprehensive apple transcriptome micro-array (to be exploited in WP3, WP4 and WP5);


-         a comparative analysis of apple genetic diversity, by re-sequencing a set of key apple founders to identify the major haplotypes;.


-         a large number of highly informative genome-wide distributed SNP markers to be utilized for gene/QTL mapping and MAS (WP2);


-         metabolite profiling and gene/QTL mapping to identify the major genetic determinants of apple metabolome.