This project focus on the development of genomic tools in olive for the identification of characters associated to fruit and oil composition (organoleptic, and functional properties), as well as in desirable agronomical traits related to more efficient production (length of juvenile period, and tree vigour and canopy architecture).
The Project will take advantage of the wide and underexploited natural variability available for cultivated and wild varieties in the olive species maintained in the Word Olive Bank of Germplasm (WOBG), as well as from selected varieties and crosses already available from previous breeding programmes carried out by some of the participants in this project.
The BitLab contribution is around the generation of a broad agronomic and genomic database and a bioinformatics platform that will allow storage and management of all the information generated within OLIGEN.
Generation of genomic tools in olive and application to the analysis of fruit and oil quality
The general objectives are:
- Exploitation of natural diversity present in the Olea complex.
- Development of knowledge and state-of-the-art tools for efficient genetic breeding in olive.
- Establishment of a core collection within the WOBG representing maximal diversity and analysis of the behaviour of selected genotypes in different edaphoclimatic conditions for future analysis of environmental impact in relation to genotype.
- Identification and mapping of genetic determinants related to relevant agronomical traits (length of juvenile period and tree vigour and canopy architecture)
- Identification of genetic determinants related to quality characteristics of fruit and oil composition (organoleptic and functional traits)
- Generation of a broad agronomic and genomic database and a bioinformatics platform that will allow storage and management of all the information generated within OLEAGEN.