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Wild brassica screen for virus resistance (Wibsvir). Pre-breeding research to support sustainable farming of brassicas in the UK - IF0191

Description
The research will feed in to the Defra funded Vegetable Genetic Improvement Network (VeGIN; IF0157). VeGIN will encompass research on the genetic improvement of leafy vegetables and salads as well as carrot and onion and the maintenance of the genetic resource collections in the Warwick HRI Genetic Resources Unit (GRU) and satellite projects funded by industry and other government funders. The aims of VeGIN are:
• To develop the genetic resources and tools to accelerate breeding for “sustainability traits” in field vegetables.
• To establish an effective network with industry to promote market delivery of R&D outputs.

The component it aims to address is the genetic improvement of Brassica Field Vegetables by addressing an area of breeding for a trait which is key to sustainable UK farming systems. Network activities will ensure strong links with industry, providing a route for market delivery of the R&D outcome(s).

In 2007/8 vegetable brassicas occupied 26000Kha and had a farm gate value of £225m. Their consumption (particularly in the case of broccoli) has been associated with prevention of cancer and cardio vascular diseases and they make an important contribution to a healthy UK diet. One of the major causes of loss of yield and quality are plant viruses. Viruses also cause post harvest losses. Activities within this project fall into the area of trait based research. We will screen wild brassicas for resistance to Turnip yellows virus (TuYV).
Objective
7. (b) Objectives


The objective of the project is:

1. To screen 34 accessions of wild Brassica oleracea from the Warwick HRI diversity set for resistance to Turnip yellows virus.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Wild brassica screen for virus resistance (Wibsvir). Pre-breeding research to support sustainable farming of brassicas in the UK.   (501k)
• ROAME Document : IF01   (165k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2009

To: 2010

Cost: £30,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Warwick - HRI
Keywords
Environmental Protection              
Farming              
Integrated Farming Systems              
Sustainable Farming and Food Science              
Sustainable Farming Systems              
Viruses