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An innovative portal to integrate knowledge, resources and services for the grape scientific community and industry

Imagine a single open access platform, allowing data exploration and visualization of all grapevine genetic, omics and phenotyping resources, with tools for comparative analysis and customized services

Online tools and databases are key to exploit the potential offered by genomic advances to both research and industry. In plants, the final goal of these resources is to contribute towards crop improvement, which, whether achieved through selective breeding or biotechnological strategies, is largely dependent on the cumulative knowledge of a plant species’ genome (and pangenome) and its containing genes. Acquiring this knowledge is specially challenging in grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.), one of the oldest fruit crops grown worldwide. Well-established research communities studying model organisms have created and maintained, through public and private funds, a diverse range of online tools and databases serving as repositories of genomes and gene function data. The lack of such resources for the non-model, but economically important Vitis vinifera species drives the need for a standardized collection of assets within the grapevine community.

Despite the huge amount of work done by the community since the first release of the grapevine genome sequence in 2007, and the recent contributions from INTEGRAPE (see below) for the standardization of the data, the scenario right now is that the community still feels overwhelmed by dispersed resources available. There is much room for improvement in the community, as these resources need to be made interoperable and centralized in one single platform, offering customized solutions to the whole community built by research teams, breeders and the wine industry considering the problems now faced by climate transition. In the GRAPEDIA portal, we will centralize, interconnect and showcase these resources, integrating them with those genomic efforts generated by the worldwide community, following a federative database structure. The target group is the entire scientific community working on grapevine or using grapevine as their model plant for an “orphan” plant species, and also the private sector working on R&D in vitiviniculture.

Brief on COST ACTION INTEGRAPE (CA17111):

Data integration to maximise the power of omics for grapevine improvement

2018 — 2022

Funding

We are building GRAPEDIA through the creation of a strong and unified community. In line with this philosophy, we are funded by a COST Innovators Grant (CIG),  which offers community network building tools such as training schools, dissemination plans and short-term scientific missions. The Grant Holder is the University of Verona, Italy. In addition, the CIG will help us develop an efficient business plan to achieve GRAPEDIA’s commercial exploitation.

We therefore welcome all public and private entities to join this effort. Write to grapedia (at) grapedia.org if you are interested. Donations and Sponsoring are now available.

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COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding agency for research and innovation networks. Our Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and enable scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers. This boosts their research, career and innovation.

Header image: © Romolo Tavani #90611493, 2019 source:stock.adobe.com