Australian Grape & Wine Events Calendar

“Development of disease resistant grapes for cold climates and the integration of traditional with molecular approaches”

Date(s) - 19 Jul 2013
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

CSIRO Plant Industry



Contact Details
Mark Thomas
Phone: 08 83038624
Email: [email protected]

Event Region(s)


  WIC West Building (upstairs seminar room)
Corner Hartley Grove & Paratoo Rd, Waite Campus Urrbrae
4pm | Friday 19th July (followed by informal discussion, drink & nibbles)


  Prof Bruce Reisch

Grapevine Breeding & Genetics
Department of Horticulture, Cornell University


Bruce  will be available Friday 19th  July for discussions, please contact Mark Thomas if you wish to speak with him.


“Development of disease resistant grapes for cold climates and the integration of traditional with molecular approaches”


Since 1885, Cornell University and the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station have continuously operated a program in grapevine breeding.  The current emphasis is on quality wine grape variety development among interspecific hybrids, which combine cold tolerance with fungal disease resistance.  The traditional program (based on hybridization of elite parental lines and field/lab selection protocols) has produced new cultivars with a significant economic impact upon the wine grape industry in the eastern United States.  To aid this process, Lance Cadle-Davidson and Bruce Reisch are now leading a national effort (25 investigators), funded by a competitive grant from the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture, to use the tools of next-generation sequencing to find up to 100 new marker-trait associations, and to apply this information for both parent and seedling selection.  This project, called “VitisGen”, has been underway for nearly two years.  Maps based on SNPs acquired through “genotyping-by-sequencing” (GBS) in 18 populations are under development with a goal of 50,000 markers per map. Our current approach to the analysis of GBS marker data results in the mapping of up to 20,000 genetic markers per population, including alleles not present in the V. vinifera reference genome. In addition to the cutting-edge GBS markers, traditional SSR marker analyses contributed to marker-assisted breeding (MAB) efforts in the first year, as the project works to develop direct MAB decisions from GBS/SNP data. More information about the VitisGen project can be found at <>.


Dr. Reisch specializes in the development of new wine and table grape varieties, as well as modern grape breeding techniques using the tools of genomics, at Cornell’s agricultural experiment station in Geneva, NY.  He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in plant breeding & genetics at the University of Wisconsin and joined the Cornell faculty in 1980. Since that time, his program has released 13 new wine and table grape varieties. Disease resistance is a high priority, along with low temperature tolerance and fruit quality. In addition to his research responsibilities, Dr. Reisch chaired the Grape Crop Germplasm Committee for over 10 years, a national committee overseeing U.S. Department of Agriculture efforts to preserve wild and cultivated grapevines. He currently leads the “VitisGen” project <> to apply next-generation sequencing to grape breeding programs across the United States.



For information contact: Mark Thomas | [email protected] | 08 83038624