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Latvian Biomedical Research and Studies Centre launches new project "Studies on Ribes plants, Cecidophyopsis mites and Blackcurrant Reversion virus for sustainable resistance breeding and cultivation of Ribes”


Latvian Biomedical Research and Studies Centre launches new project " Studies on Ribes plants, Cecidophyopsis mites and Blackcurrant Reversion virus for sustainable resistance breeding and cultivation of Ribes”.

 

 

On 1st March BMC will be launched European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Operational Programme Growth and Employment 1.1.1 Specific Aid Objective to increase the research and innovative capacity of scientific institutions of Latvia and the ability to attract external financing, investing in human resources and infrastructure Measure 1.1.1.1 “Industry-Driven Research” 2. Selection round.

„Studies on Ribes plants, Cecidophyopsis mites and Blackcurrant Reversion virus for sustainable resistance breeding and cultivation of Ribes” (Project Identification No 1.1.1.1/18/A/026). The project principle investigator in BMC is Dr. biol. Ina Baļķe which will work with the Institute for Horticulture, which is the main performer of this project.

About the project: 

The cultivation of plants of the genus Ribes is significantly affected by Cecidophyopsis ticks and Blackcurrant reversion virus (BRV). The breeding programs focus only on C. ribis and two resistance genes. Research shows that other species of Cecidophyopsis are also widespread, thus explaining the detected contradictions of host resistance.

The aim of the project is to explain the interaction of the Cecidophyopsis-BRV complex on Ribes plants: 1) by studying the concept and genetic diversity of the Cecidophyopsis species; 2) identifying the role of the Cecidophyopsis species in BRV transmission; 3) characterization of host defence to Cecidophyopsis and BRV using gene expression and transcriptome analyses by NGS; 4) by inventory and evaluation of local Ribes germplasm. The gained knowledge, evaluated local germplasm and virus-free in-vitro collection of local genotypes will serve the basis for sustainable resistance breeding and cultivation of Ribes promoting development of knowledge-based bioeconomy.

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Mājas lapas izstrādi finansēja ERAF 2.1.1.2. aktivitātes projekts Nr. 2010/0196/2DP/2.1.1.2.0/10/APIA/VIAA/004 "Latvijas biomedicīnas pētījumu integrācija Eiropas zinātnes telpā".