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Research project: Developing the genomic resources underpinning molecular breeding in watercress (Nasturtium officinale)

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Watercress (Nasturtium officinale) is a leafy salad crop known for its peppery flavour and high nutritional value. It is a crop that is traditionally linked to the south of the U.K. and chalk stream ecosystems. Despite this, it remains understudied and underdeveloped.

A collaboration between UoS and industry to produce a better crop.

The aim of this project is to explore the genetic basis of important agronomic traits in watercress, such as phytonutrient richness and low-input cultivation. The project capitalizes on Next Generation Sequencing technologies, such RNA sequencing, to develop resources for watercress breeding.

Funding: Vitacress Salads Ltd., University of Southampton
Funding Dates: 2013-2017
Supervisors: Professor Gail Taylor, Dr Mark Chapman

A collaboration between UoS and industry to produce a better crop.
A collaboration between UoS and industry to produce a better crop.

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