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Rosaceae Genetics and Genomics

We are interested in different aspects of Rosaceae genome organization, variability and evolution that help to elucidate the genetics of important agricultural characters. The species studied include peach and strawberry as major crops and almond, apricot, Japanese plum, cherry, raspberry and blackberry as secondary related crops. Our aim is to apply this information to improve plant breeding efficiency in collaboration with the breeding companies working with us.

Stone fruit:

  • Analysis of genetic variability and linkage disequilibrium in peach and other stone fruit.
  • Genetic analysis of fruit quality, disease resistance and adaptation to environment
  • Identification and cloning of genes of economic value in peach
  • Development of efficient strategies for introgression of valuable genes from exotic sources in the peach genome
  • Development and use of markers as tools for parent or progeny selection

Berries:

  • Genetic analysis of health/nutritional traits in strawberry and raspberry
  • Generation of genetic tools in cultivated (octoploid) strawberry using the wild diploid as amodel. Creation and use of a near-isogenic line collection in diploid strawberry
  • Marker development for raspberry breeding
  • Development of reliable marker (SNP) sets for high density mapping in octoploid strawberry

Selected Publications

Urrutia M, Bonet J, Arús P, Monfort A. (2015)

A near isogenic line (NIL) collection in diploid strawberry and its use in the genetic analysis of morphologic, phonologic and nutritional characters.

Theoretical Applied Genetics 128, 1261-1275 DOI:10.1007/s00122-015-2503-3

 

Urrutia M., W. Schwab, T. Hoffmann and A. Monfort. (2015)

Genetic dissection of the (poly)phenol profile of diploid strawberry (Fragaria vesca) fruits using a NIL collection.

Plant Science 242,151-168.DOI:10.1016/jplantsci.2015.07.019

 

Li XW, Meng XQ, Jia HJ, Yu ML, Ma RJ, Wang LR, Cao K, Shen ZJ, Niu L, Tian JB, Chen MJ, Xie M, Arús P, Gao ZS, Aranzana MJ.

Peach genetic resources: diversity, population structure and linkage disequilibrium

BMC Genet. 2013 Sep 16;14(1):84

 

International Peach Genome Initiative, Verde I, Abbott AG, Scalabrin S, Jung S, Shu S, Marroni F, Zhebentyayeva T, Dettori MT, Grimwood J, Cattonaro F, Zuccolo A, Rossini L, Jenkins J, Vendramin E, Meisel LA, Decroocq V, Sosinski B, Prochnik S, Mitros T, Policriti A, Cipriani G, Dondini L, Ficklin S, Goodstein DM, Xuan P, Del Fabbro C, Aramini V, Copetti D, Gonzalez S, Horner DS, Falchi R, Lucas S, Mica E, Maldonado J, Lazzari B, Bielenberg D, Pirona R, Miculan M, Barakat A, Testolin R, Stella A, Tartarini S, Tonutti P, Arús P, Orellana A, Wells C, Main D, Vizzotto G, Silva H, Salamini F, Schmutz J, Morgante M, Rokhsar DS.

The high-quality draft genome of peach (Prunus persica) identifies unique patterns of genetic diversity, domestication and genome evolution

Nat Genet. 2013 May;45(5):487-94. doi: 10.1038/ng.2586. Epub 2013 Mar 24

 

Dirlewanger E, Quero-García J, Le Dantec L, Lambert P, Ruiz D, Dondini L, Illa E, Quilot-Turion B, Audergon JM, Tartarini S, Letourmy P, Arús P.

Comparison of the genetic determinism of two key phenological traits, flowering and maturity dates, in three Prunus species: peach, apricot and sweet cherry

Heredity (Edinb). 2012 Nov;109(5):280-92. doi: 10.1038/hdy.2012.38. Epub 2012 Jul 25

 

Verde I, Bassil N, Scalabrin S, Gilmore B, Lawley CT, Gasic K, Micheletti D, Rosyara UR, Cattonaro F, Vendramin E, Main D, Aramini V, Blas AL, Mockler TC, Bryant DW, Wilhelm L, Troggio M, Sosinski B, Aranzana MJ, Arús P, Iezzoni A, Morgante M, Peace C.

Development and evaluation of a 9K SNP array for peach by internationally coordinated SNP detection and validation in breeding germplasm

PLoS One. 2012;7(4):e35668

 

Illa E, Sargent DJ, Lopez Girona E, Bushakra J, Cestaro A, Crowhurst R, Pindo M, Cabrera A, van der Knaap E, Iezzoni A, Gardiner S, Velasco R, Arús P, Chagné D, Troggio M.

Comparative analysis of rosaceous genomes and the reconstruction of a putative ancestral genome for the family

BMC Evol Biol. 2011 Jan 12;11:9. doi: 10.1186/1471-2148-11-9

 

Shulaev V, Sargent DJ, Crowhurst RN, Mockler TC, Folkerts O, Delcher AL, Jaiswal P, Mockaitis K, Liston A, Mane SP, Burns P, Davis TM, Slovin JP, Bassil N, Hellens RP, Evans C, Harkins T, Kodira C, Desany B, Crasta OR, Jensen RV, Allan AC, Michael TP, Setubal JC, Celton JM, Rees DJ, Williams KP, Holt SH, Ruiz Rojas JJ, Chatterjee M, Liu B, Silva H, Meisel L, Adato A, Filichkin SA, Troggio M, Viola R, Ashman TL, Wang H, Dharmawardhana P, Elser J, Raja R, Priest HD, Bryant DW Jr, Fox SE, Givan SA, Wilhelm LJ, Naithani S, Christoffels A, Salama DY, Carter J, Lopez Girona E, Zdepski A, Wang W, Kerstetter RA, Schwab W, Korban SS, Davik J, Monfort A, Denoyes-Rothan B, Arús P, Mittler R, Flinn B, Aharoni A, Bennetzen JL, Salzberg SL, Dickerman AW, Velasco R, Borodovsky M, Veilleux RE, Folta KM.

The genome of woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca)

Nat Genet. 2011 Feb;43(2):109-16. doi: 10.1038/ng.740. Epub 2010 Dec 26

 

Aranzana MJ, Abbassi el-K, Howad W, Arús P.

Genetic variation, population structure and linkage disequilibrium in peach commercial varieties

BMC Genet. 2010 Jul 20;11:69. doi: 10.1186/1471-2156-11-69

 

Vilanova S, Sargent DJ, Arús P, Monfort A.

Synteny conservation between two distantly-related Rosaceae genomes: Prunus (the stone fruits) and Fragaria (the strawberry)

BMC Plant Biol. 2008 Jun 18;8:67. doi: 10.1186/1471-2229-8-67