Improving fertility and seed set in Chrysanthemum

PROJECTINFORMATIE
Projectnummer: KV1605 058 
Thema: Duurzaam Plantaardige Productie
Looptijd: 2018-2021              
Budget publiek: € - 
Budget privaat:  € - 
Projectleider: Richard Immink / richard.immink@wur.nl 
Kennisinstelling: Wageningen Plant Research

SAMENVATTING
The Netherlands is the top exporter of cut flowers, including the Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum x morifolium) as the second most important cut flower in the world. This position is threatened by low-cost countries that are lurking to take over the market, urging Dutch breeders to search for even more efficient breeding methods. The most important problem that Chrysanthemum breeders are currently facing is the ever decreasing seed set of popular ornamental varieties, resulting in a very low seed yield after crosses. 

In this project we aim to obtain fundamental knowledge about the formation of the reproductive organs and seed set in chrysanthemum and aim to identify the genetic basis of the severely reduced seed set in ornamental varieties. Advances in vegetable breeding have been made possible by molecular research and the same techniques can speed up breeding in the ornamental world. The use of molecular markers can predict which parents can produce offspring with certain traits and, more importantly, select seedlings at an early stage to determine which of them possess the desired trait(s). With new techniques available today, this is the moment to start investigating one of the most important problems in Chrysanthemum breeding, namely seed set. 

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