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Faculty awarded funds for grapevine improvement research

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Dr. Chin-Feng Hwang, associate professor at the William H. Darr School of Agriculture at Missouri State University, was awarded $304,040 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to initiate the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Competitive Grants Program project entitled “Genome-enabled Genetic Study of Grape Botrytis Bunch Rot Resistance.”

“The goal of this project is to employ advanced genetic and genomic tools to construct a high-resolution linkage map for the analysis of Botrytis bunch rot resistance in the Vitis aestivalis Norton grape of Missouri,” said Hwang.

In addition to the basic science, the proposed work will offer applied training in viticulture/grape breeding for graduate and undergraduate students to augment the skilled workforce in the American grape and wine industry.

The funding will support the program through August 2016.

For more information, contact Hwang at (417) 547-7538.

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