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Strawberries

  • J.F. Hancock
  • T.M. Sjulin
  • G.A. Lobos

Abstract

The major cultivated strawberry species, Fragaria x ananassa, is a hybrid of two native species, F. chiloensis and F. virginiana. Strawberry breeders are focused on improving local adaptations, fruit quality, productivity and disease resistance, and many are interested in developing new day-neutral cultivars. Some of the major pathogens worldwide are Botrytis cinerea, Colletotrichum spp., Phytophthora cactorum, Phytophthora fragariaeandVerticillium albo-atrum. The genetics of many of the horticulturally important traits have been investigated in strawberry and a number of genes have been characterized and cloned that are highly expressed during fruit ripening and maturation. Marker systems have been developed in strawberry for genetic linkage mapping and QTL have been identified for the day neutrality trait and several other fruit characteristics. Transgenic strawberries have been produced with herbicide and pest resistance and an effective marker-free transformation process has been developed. Two major EST libraries have been generated as genomic resources.

Keywords

Quantitative Trait Locus Powdery Mildew Verticillium Wilt Strawberry Fruit Strawberry Cultivar 
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  • J.F. Hancock
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  • T.M. Sjulin
  • G.A. Lobos
  1. 1.Department of Horticulture, 342C Plant and Soil Sciences BuildingMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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