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CSIRO has begun using new techniques of molecular biology designed to integrate into and increase the power of our genetic improvement program based on conventional breeding and selection.
Molecular techniques designed to integrate into the breeding program include the identification of promoters and genes that control factors of berry quality including colour, flavour, sugar accumulation, and ripeness characteristics and factors that affect grapevine cultivation including disease resistance.
Conventional genetic breeding has the power to dramatically improve the quality of drying, table and wine grapes but there will always be certain characters that are difficult or impossible to access in this way.
Modern techniques of genetic manipulation add a new tool to the plant breeder’s collection to achieve improved grapevine varieties.
Molecular Techniques and Grapevine Breeding
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