The primary research focus of the www.vitaceae.org web site is grapevine genomics carried out within the framework of the International Grape Genome Program (IGGP). It is expected that this new genomic knowledge will have a significant impact on our understanding of grapevine biology, viticulture and enology. Plant biologists, viticulturists and enologists are encouraged to contribute their expertise and form collaborations with genetic and molecular scientists within the IGGP. The Steering Committee of the IGGP consists of international members from the major wine regions of the world. Working groups are formed from time to time to define directions and make recommendations.
The goal of IGGP's members is to understand the genetic and molecular basis of all biological processes in Vitis that are relevant to the crop. This understanding is fundamental to allow efficient exploitation of Vitis biological resources in the development of new cultivars with improved quality and reduced economic and environmental costs. This knowledge is also vital for the development of new vineyard and winery diagnostic tools. Traits considered of primary interest are pathogen and abiotic stress resistance, quality traits for fruit and wine grapes and reproductive traits determining yield.
The IGGP consortium carries out research in the following areas:
- Genome sequencing
- Genome assisted genetics and breeding
- Functional analysis
- Phenotyping and trait ontology