Discovery and Exploitation of Genes Conditioning Quality and Resistance Traits in Melons, Peppers and Tomatoes Grant uri icon


  • New genetic lines of melon, tomato and pepper will be developed by traditional breeding techniques to improved flavor, stress resistance and post-harvest characteristics. These will be tested in multiple locations with collaborating growers, in addition to other regions of the US. Cultivars will be released for the seed industry to address regional adaptation issues. Genes for quality and stress resistance will be mapped with DNA markers to expedite the selection process for all breeders working on these three crops. Scientific publications as well as extension bulletins will be produced and outreach through field days will be conducted. Students in horticulture and plant breeding will be trained to provide industry and academia with more qualified candidates for future jobs.

date/time interval

  • 2018 - 2023