A genome resource website has been created to help growers, researchers and people within the fruit industry better access information from several fruit databases. The tree fruit genome database provides search tools for 22 different horticultural crops at www.tfgdr.org.
The site offers more than search tools for genetic information of major tree fruit crops; it includes breeding resources, research papers on genomics and educational videos. Special sections focused on grower needs, such as an extensive list of resources for Rosaceae crops are also available.
“It’s important that growers and industry stakeholders understand how these data can be used to solve production issues, improve breeding efforts and find sources of disease and pest resistance,” University of Florida Extension Educator Mercy Olmstead said.
The project is funded and supported by U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, Citrus Research and Development Foundation and several participating universities.