Most countries with ongoing viticulture tradition maintain grape germplasm collections. Worldwide about 130 such repositories exist, the largest preserving more than 7000 accessions. These collections are maintained as long-term field plantings offering the possibility of evaluating the material and to easily distribute genotypes by woody cuttings from dormant plants. However, quarantine restrictions may be imposed on the importation of cuttings from certain countries and regions because of the risk of spreading pathogens and pests.
Due to problems with visual identification of varieties by morphological traits and the same variety having many different names across regions and countries, DNA profiling with microsatellite markers has become popular as a means of identifying incorrectly named genotypes (misnomers) as well as synonyms and homonyms. The ascertainment of trueness to type is essential with respect to the exchange of true to type genotypes between grape germplasm collections, researchers, and breeders. In that context, the partners of the GrapeGen06 EU project endeavored to assemble microsatellite marker data of a large number of accessions/varieties.
The Vitis International Variety Catalogue as well other data bases provide such marker data as a valuable tool for management of grapevine collections and research. Below some examples are given for databases concerning grape germplasm collections.
Grape Descriptor Databases
- Vitis International Variety Catalogue
- European Vitis Database
- Greek Vitis Database ampelography and microsatellite profiles, University of Crete, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
- Italian Vitis Data Base
- Swiss Vitis Microsatellite Database
- Bulgarian Vitis Database
- INRA portal of plant genetic resources
- French catalog for Vitis varieties
Germplasm Collections on the Web
- USDA, ARS Cold Hardy Grape Collection, Geneva, NY, USA.
- USDA, ARS National Germplasm Repository at Davis, University of California, Davis, CA, USA.
- INRA Domaine de Vassal - Centre de resources génétiques de la vigne
- Conservation of plant genetic resources - Swiss national database
- Deutsche Genbank Reben