Specialty Crops Genomics, Genetics and Breeding Workshop
The Specialty Crops Genomics, Genetics, and Breeding Workshop was held at Michigan State University on June 22-24, 2007. The workshop brought together growers, breeders, educators, industry representatives, and extension personnel to identify major barriers that hinder the use of genomics information and technology for breeding; develop strategies and identify needs to directly address these issues; and identify specific research, breeding, and outreach educational opportunities to implement these strategies as a community roadmap for genomics, genetics, and breeding.
Specialty crops, such as almonds, apples, apricots, blackberries, peaches, pears, plums, sweet cherries, tart cherries, strawberries, raspberries, roses, and other ornamentals from the Rosaceae plant family, make vital contributions to human nutrition, health, and well-being and collectively constitute the economic backbone of many rural economies across the United States. The diversity among Rosaceae species provides unique opportunities for harnessing fundamental genomic and genetic research to improve the quality and sustainability of all rosaceous crops by targeted application in breeding programs. Although the current domestic production value of rosaceous crops is more than $7 billion, and the global per-capita production and consumption of these crops is expanding in both domestic and export markets, the U.S. industries based on rosaceous crops face numerous challenges to profitability and sustainability.
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