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The aim of the EU-SOL project (2006-2011) was to develop high quality tomato and potato varieties with improved traits important for consumers, processors and producers. The project particularly focused on mapping, isolating and characterizing genes underlying important traits such as healthiness, nutritional value, taste, flavor, fragrance, shelf-life, starch composition, yield and plant architecture.

As part of dissemination and communication activities a number of newsletters was released.

New alleles of key-genes for these traits have been extracted from the rich biodiversity present in the Solanaceae. This natural biodiversity is an under-exploited sustainable resource that can enrich the genetic basis of cultivated plants. Assembly of these genes within new genotypes can boost our knowledge of the factors that control quality. Also, it provides a blueprint for novel high quality varieties to be developed by EU breeding companies using breeding strategies based on marker-assisted breeding and genetic engineering using exclusively natural plant genes. This Integrated Project was supported by the European Commission through the 6th framework programme (Contract number: FOOD-CT-2006-016214).

 

EU-SOL Newsletter 08 (May 2011)

Started in May 2006, the EU-SOL programme has come to an end. Although this means that it is time to wrap up and see what has been achieved in the past five years. This final edition of the EU-SOL newsletter is not going to present a total overview of what has been achieved. Instead, we asked five young scientists who participated in the project about their contributions and opinions. Furthermore, we report four interesting contributions to an open innovation seminar where the food industry and the seed industry shared their experiences in how to benefit from the breakthrough research and innovations achieved in plant breeding. This newsletter also contains an issue about the current industry debate about patents on plant genes, gives an impression of industry's evaluation of the project and highlights the availability of tutorials on bioinformatics tools that help scientists and companies to make effective use of the vast amount of genomic and phenotypic data that was collected in the past five years, as well as a schoolpack with segregating tomato seeds that was developed during the program.

 

A full version of  EU-SOL newsletter 06/07 can be downloaded here (PDF, 3 Mb)

 

EU-SOL Newsletter 06/07 (April 2010)

This newsletter contains the following items:

1. A tool to predict potato sprouting, Interview with Melanie Senning & Sophia Sonnewald

2. Smart Breeding: Greenpeace’s alternative to genetic engineering

3. The tomato genome decoded

4. Boosting yield and sweetness in tomato hybrids

5. New plant breeding method could cut out generations of inbreeding

6. Precision breeding creates super potato

7. Commotion about genetically modified eggplant in India

 

A full version of  EU-SOL newsletter 06/07 can be downloaded here (PDF, 1.4 Mb)

 

EU-SOL Newsletter 05 (October 2009)

This newsletter contains the following items:

1. Exploring genetic diversity for breeding, editorial
2. The EU-SOL Core Collection, Interview with Roni Tadmor
3. Plant genomics research and breeding for organic agriculture, Interview with Prof. Edith Lammerts van Bueren
4. Tomato draft genome assembly expected by the end of November 2009
5. First draft sequence of the potato genome released
6. Other News: New computing tool could lead to better crops; Potatoes that fry up light even after cold storage

 

A full version of  EU-SOL newsletter 06/07 can be downloaded here (PDF, 800 kb)

 
 

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