Dear Janet,

I will comment below.... Thanks for getting the ball rolling!



Some suggestions I have for priorities for Rosaceae Genomics addressing the KEY issues are:

·         Facilitate exploitation of existing Rosaceae genomes by

a.       Developing collaborative, cooperative research teams across genera, which will enable more rapid recognition of genes important for each of the key issues that might then be exploited by other members of the Rosaceae.

Sounds good.

b.      Cultivating and nourishing collaborations with laboratories already exploring related genes in highly developed model systems. This could include something like workshops or presentations on the “wonders of working with Rosaceae” that would be presented at all major meetings.

I wonder if it should work the other way. Make sure Rose scientists fully exploit information from model systems. I'd like to see joint workshops .....

c.       Developing and standardizing a set of plant reference systems for testing gene function. This could actually include the use of Arabidopsis or tobacco as well as members of the Rosaceae, but we need to have some standards. The product of this priority might be an Rosaceae instruction manual of sorts.

Works for me.

d.      Continuing to support the development of databases and tools at the GDR to allow for easy comparative genomics, and easy access to the tremendous amount of transcriptomic data that is anticipated in the near future.



Improve cross-training and communication among Rosaceae researchers working in various aspects of the industry.

I’m thinking here that growers, packers, marketers, agronomists, engineers, geneticists, breeders, and basic researchers would benefit by understanding what it is that each other is capable of, is needing, and/or is dreaming about having.

This evolved somewhat from a recent visit to a packing house, and the desire by growers at a recent meeting to know what this genomics thing is going to do, or can do, for them.

I am okay with this ..... I would start by finding out what the various groups key priorities are, and then figure out how genomics can help. Then have educational seminars that show them how genomics can help..

Explore the available gene diversity in collections and wild populations for disease, pest, and abiotic stress resistance.

Yes, yes!


Initiate coordinated explorations of the proteomes of organs and tissues that contribute to growth and health of the plants/trees

This seems to me to be a subset of the above.


I hope this email stimulates thought and discussion.

It does ..... thanks. What is missing, however, is a focus on providing useful tools and training to plant breeders for Rosaceous crop improvement.