Research / Genetic Diversity | Istituto di Genomica Applicata

Genetic Diversity

Unravelling the domestication history of crop species.

Genealogy of varieties, structure of the germplasm, and signatures of selection provide useful information for unravelling the history of domestication and cultivation of crop species. We investigate these issues in traditional fruit crops such as grapevine, olive, coffee, sweet cherry, and Citrus, as well as in forest species.

Our scientific interest is to :

  • describe the level and structure of intraspecific genetic diversity; 
  • reconstruct the network of pedigree relationships from ancient to modern varieties; 
  • identify the impact of human selection and breeding on the genome of domesticated fruit crops;
  • evaluate the extent of crop diversity in recent polyploids