The consumption of vegetable brassicas (particularly broccoli) is associated with prevention of cancer and cardiovascular diseases and they make an important contribution to a healthy “5-a-day” UK diet.

Within VeGIN we are carrying out a programme of resource building to facilitate the genetic improvement of Brassica Field Vegetables with links to the Oilseed RapE Genetic Improvement Network (OREGIN). The network activities will ensure strong links with industry, providing a route for market delivery of R&D outcomes.

Related trait based projects include Defra funded research into Water Use Efficiency (Andrew Thompson), Phosphorus Use Efficiency (John Hammond), Nitrate Use Efficiency (Graham Teakle) and BBSRC funded projects on post harvest quality (Vicky Buchanan-Wollaston and Dave Pink), Virus (John Walsh) and Xanthomonas (Paul Hand), resistance and seed and seedling vigour (Bill Finch-Savage).

The 'leafy vegetables' component of the VeGIN project - "Pre breeding research to support sustainable farming of leafy vegetables and salads" aims to deliver:

Publicly available mapped C genome Brassica SNPs (Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms) (Guy Barker and Peter Walley) Genetically fixed diversity sets of domesticated Brassica oleracea and its wild relatives (Graham Teakle and Peter Walley) QTL (Quantitative trait loci) for Nitrogen content variation in Brassica oleracea (Graham Teakle) Sources of resistance to Turnip Mosaic and Turnip Yellows Viruses (John Walsh) Sources of resistance to Diamond Back Moth (Rosemary Collier and Peter Walley)

For more information, see:

Walley, P. G., Teakle, G. R., Moore, J. D., Allender, C. J., Pink, D. A. C, Buchanan-Wollaston, V., and Barker, G. (2012) Developing genetic resources for pre-breeding in Brassica oleracea: an overview of the UK perspective. Invited review, Journal of Plant Biotechnology, 30: 62-68(PDF Document)

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