The current crop breeding and genetics theme staff are principally focussed on commercial breeding programmes of Rosaceous (strawberry, raspberry, cherry, apple and pear) with research projects aligned to underpin these programmes and address and understand the inheritance of key commercial traits and mechanisms. The expansion of current breeding programmes to include blackberry, blueberrry and lonicera is underway, expanding the range of expertise offered by NIAB EMR.
Key areas of research:
- Flagship molecular-assisted breeding programmes in horticultural crops
- Speed breeding
- Genomic selection