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High-quality disease resistant apples for a sustainable agriculture

Objective

European apple production needs up to 20 fungicide sprays per year to cope with pathogens. All resistant varieties have poor fruit quality thus they are not well accepted by growers and consumers. Hydras aims at providing tools to combine resistance with fruit quality, leading to the diffusion of new resistant cultivars and to a remarkable reduction in fungicide use. In Hydras storability of apple fruit is studied to increase the competitiveness of European apples towards Southern Hemisphere countries. Hydras will provide the identification of alleles and linked genetic markers for the fruit traits that determine the success of cultivars. Innovative statistic and genetic approaches based on the exploitation of pedigrees of several Western and Eastern European breeding germplasm will be adopted. A well-concerted multidisciplinary approach including apple breeding, genetics, molecular biology, statistics and bioinfrmatics will ensure the achievement of the results.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF MILANO
Address
Via Celoria 26
20133 Milano
Italy

Participants (9)

AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF GEMBLOUX
Belgium
Address
22,Rue De Liroux 9
5030 Gembloux
EAST MALLING RESEARCH
United Kingdom
Address
New Road
ME19 9BJ West Malling / East Malling
FEDERAL CENTRE FOR BREEDING RESEARCH ON CULTIVATED PLANTS
Germany
Address
Pillnitzer Platz 3A
01326 Weissig - Dresden
INSTITUTE OF POMOLOGY AND FLORICULTURE
Poland
Address
Pomologiczna 18
96100 Skierniewice
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
France
Address
147 Rue De L'université
75341 Paris
SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ZUERICH
Switzerland
Address
2,Universitaetstrasse 2
8092 Zurich
UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA
Italy
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
United Kingdom
Address
Wellesbourne
CV359EF Wellesbourne
WARSAW AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
Poland
Address
Nowoursynowska 166
02 787 Warszawa