Studies by Agricultural Research Service scientists indicate that cherries, red raspberries and apples share key genetic traits for disease resistance. These findings could help plant breeders develop more robust produce varieties that can better withstand the pathogens that plague them.
ARS computational biologist Angela Baldo conducted genetic surveys of the three fruits to find markers for locating resistance genes that battle diseases and other stresses. Baldo works at the ARS Plant Genetic Resources Unit in Geneva, N.Y.
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