Biotech Updates

New Website for Fruit Genome Databases

June 11, 2014

A new educational and outreach website, "tree fruit Genome Database Resources", or tfGDR, was launched to provide information to scientists, growers, and industry about genome databases for citrus, tree fruit, and berry crops. The tfDRG website accesses a number of databases that house genomic, genetic, and breeding resources for 22 major horticultural crops. It includes videos and articles highlighting the role of genomics, breeding, and these databases in solving industry problems in fruit production.

Mercy Olmstead, University of Florida extension educator said "It's important that growers and industry stakeholders understand how these data can be used to solve production issues, improve breeding efforts and find sources of disease and pest resistance."

For details about the website, read the news release: The tfGDR website is at