UK carrot growers face a number of challenges in growing the high quality produce required by the market. Pests and diseases such as carrot fly, nematodes and cavity spot cause blemishes resulting in loss of quality and produce.

Within the 'carrot' component of the VeGIN project, we are carrying out a programme that will support the development of sustainable production of carrot through underpinning R&D with the theme of "healthier roots through genetics".

To enable efficient trait screening work, we have developed the Carrot Diversity Set to represent cultivated carrot genepool diversity. The Carrot Diversity Set also includes parental lines from genetic mapping populations donated by other researchers and space to include elite varieties for comparative purposes. Work on carrot is led by Charlotte Allender. Please contact her for further information.

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