Unlocking the hidden potential in polyploid crops: unmasking the value of favorable recessive alleles using gene editing as a tool
Several important agronomic traits are determined by recessive alleles. In polyploid crops, functional analysis and application of recessive alleles is difficult or even impossible. This project aims to use allele-specific gene editing to explore the hidden potential of recessive alleles for postharvest shelf life and disease resistance in the octoploid strawberry. Gene editing results can be translated in both GMO (gene edited varieties) and non-GMO applications (marker-assisted breeding).
The aim of this project is to develop a way to explore and utilise the hidden potential of recessive alleles in polyploid crops
The challenge in this project is to design and apply a genome editing strategy for precise and selective targeting of allelic variants.
With this project we develop biotechnological tools for mining favorable recessive alleles in polyploid crops