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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Investigation of Genes Involved in Carotenoid Accumulation in Fruits and Vegetables

Location: Plant, Soil and Nutrition Research

Project Number: 1907-21000-037-08
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Dec 01, 2012
End Date: Nov 30, 2015

Objective:
1) To identify the genes and proteins that control carotenoid accumulation in melon and other fruits/vegetables; 2) to genetically and functionally characterize them; and 3) to isolate the favorable alleles in promoting high levels of Beta-carotene accumulation.

Approach:
1) To genetically test the association of the candidate genes with carotenoid accumulation in melon and other fruits; 3) to transform candidate genes into plants to confirm their function roles in carotenoid accumulation; 4) to analysis genetic variation to uncover the favorable alleles for breeding high Beta-carotene crops.

Last Modified: 10/1/2014
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