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Historical origins and genetic diversity of wine grapes.

Authors
  • This, Patrice
  • Lacombe, Thierry
  • Thomas, Mark R
Type
Published Article
Journal
Trends in Genetics
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2006
Volume
22
Issue
9
Pages
511–519
Identifiers
PMID: 16872714
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The genomic resources that are available to the grapevine research community have increased enormously during the past five years, in parallel with a renewed interest in grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) germplasm resources and analysis of genetic diversity in grapes. Genetic variation, either natural or induced, is invaluable for crop improvement and understanding gene function, and the same is true for the grapevine. The history and vineyard cultural practices have largely determined the genetic diversity that exists today in grapevines. In this article, we provide a synopsis of what is known about the origin and genetics of grapes and how molecular genetics is helping us understand more about this plant: its evolution, historical development, genetic diversity and potential for genetic improvement.

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