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Use of state-of-the-art phenotyping and genomics to breed for cost reducing plant architecture in strawberry


Project objectives

To reduce both growing and harvesting costs, strawberry growers need plants with both an open habit and good fruit presentation. Working with Edward Vinson Plants Ltd, NIAB scientists aim to develop molecular markers to help breed new strawberry varieties with improved plant architecture. They will use cutting-edge machine-learning technologies to capture data on plant architecture and use this, along with information about the DNA of the strawberry plants to develop new tools to achieve their goals.

Lead Researcher: Dan Sargent
Industry: Fruit
Industry partners: Edward Vinson Plants Ltd.
Topic: Genetics, Plant physiology, Breeding
Funded by: Growing Kent & Medway
Project start date: Apr-2023
Project end date: Mar-2025