The project is based on developing a multi-scale and integrative strategy to identify new molecular factors (metabolites/genes/alleles/loci) that can sustain high yields and high fruit quality under extreme environmental conditions. GoodBerry will make available new molecular tools enabling the deployment of innovative approaches in genomics and metabolomics, and the supply of global solutions to face the challenges brought about by climate change: maintaining/increasing yield by improving plant quality, crop resilience and food quality.
This project is based on six work packages, one of which is being led by INRA at the Bordeaux-Aquitaine Research Centre (WP3):
- Adaptation of plants: identification of high-performance genetic materials that present a good balance between fruit production and nutritional quality under unfavourable growing conditions and in different geographical production regions;
- Cultivation practices: adaptation to climate change through the development of new crop management sequences;
- Genetic architecture (QTL) subjected to different environments: identification of a strawberry population planted in contrasting geographical and technical environments;
- Effects of the environment on fruit quality: multivariate analysis, phenotyping, genomics and sets of metabolomic data to identify new factors controlling the production and quality of fruits under suboptimal environmental conditions;
- Data management and analysis: generation of a complete database containing harmonised protocols and analytical data on different cultivated berry fruits planted in different countries;
- Dissemination, exploitation and training: training of staff in public and private institutions. Dissemination of the results to user communities and the general public.