Lab-Coat - analytical genetic analysis
  • Designing the crosses each year is my most favorite season. In spite the fact that I need to sit most of
    the time at my desk, I find this part to be the most challenging and exciting job.
  • It starts with reviewing the notes I took during the season in the vineyards. The ideas I had under the
    vine are often worth trying.
  • Then I review the data of previous crosses of the same type. I look at the parental lines, if they were
    successful in inheriting alleles to improve their offspring.
  • Sometimes even grandparents and ancestor varieties can provide hints for the potential for a certain
    parental combination.
  • At my desk I spend most of the time entering data to files which are the tools to sort and correlate
    information. While doing so, a manual attention to the data gives the chance of (a) identifying
    individual selections with extraordinary trait composition and values, but also (b) finding mistakes in
    the records.
  • Designing the crosses is the most professional stage in the breeding process. Having some genetic
    knowledge and understanding the inheritance of traits is key to making best cross combinations.
Please contact me to discuss how I can enhance your program.
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    Michael Striem, Ph.D.
    Grape Genetics Research
    Research - Breeding - Consulting
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