STRAWBERRY BREEDING AND GENETICS RESEARCH IN NORTH WEST EUROPE

D.W. Simpson
The Netherlands: The Fresh Forward breeding programme is focussed on improving June-bearing and everbearing cultivars for Northern Europe. Two large nurseries, Vissers and Goossens Flevoplant, each have breeding programmes and have recently released new cultivars. Genetic research at PRI includes developing a linkage map for Fragaria ×ananassa, molecular markers for resistance to Phytophthora cactorum and molecular studies on fruit quality, including firmness, flavour volatiles and antioxidants.
Finland: Research at the University of Helsinki is concentrating on identifying the gene for everbearing flowering in the wild diploid strawberry Fragaria vesca. There is a breeding programme at MTT Agrifood Research.
Germany: Hansabred GmbH & Co aim to develop commercial cultivars for northern Europe with emphasis on improving flavour and disease resistance. Research at the Julius-Kühn Institut includes studies on the inheritance of flavour volatiles and the potential of aroma analysis as a selection tool.
Norway: The breeding programme for Norway is run by Graminor and three cultivars were released in 2007. The research programme at Bioforsk includes investigating the genetics of P. cactorum in F. vesca.
United Kingdom: There are four breeding programmes. The national programme is based at East Malling Research and there are private programmes of Edward Vinson Ltd, Driscoll’s Genetics Ltd and Angus Soft Fruits. Genetic research is currently aimed at developing molecular markers for resistance to Verticillium dahliae and Podosphaera aphanis and improved water use efficiency.
Simpson, D.W. (2014). STRAWBERRY BREEDING AND GENETICS RESEARCH IN NORTH WEST EUROPE. Acta Hortic. 1049, 107-111
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2014.1049.8
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2014.1049.8
Fragaria ×ananassa, cultivar, molecular genetics, linkage map
English

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