Purpose and objectives
In this programme, six large vegetable breeding companies are working together with twelve research groups and the Centre for Genetic Resources. The researchers will combine knowledge of genetic variants and their activity in more than 500 mostly wild lettuce lines using advanced phenotyping, bioinformatics and machine-learning techniques. That will enable them to determine how genetic differences determine growth and resilience. The researchers will subsequently use this knowledge to develop healthy, strong lettuce varieties that can cope with changing climate conditions, plant diseases and new cultivation conditions.
Prof. Guido van den Ackerveken (Utrecht University)
Budget and lead time
This programme has started in 2018. The average duration of granted projects is 4 years.
Bejo Zaden, Centre for Genetic Resources, ENZA Zaden, Leiden University, Rijk Zwaan, Syngenta, Takii & Co. Ltd., UMC Utrecht, Utrecht University, Vilmorin & Cie, Wageningen University & Research