Anna Nebish, researcher in grapevine histology and genetics from Armenia, has obtained a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions MSCA IF scholarship, within the EU Horizon 2020 Program, to join the Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences (ICVV) for two years. In Armenia she has worked at the NAS RA Institute of Molecular Biology and at Yerevan State University. At the ICVV she joins a multidisciplinary research group with a project, GRAPEINNOVATION, with the additional participation of the University of Trento.
The goal of her research is to identify new sources of genetic variation for the development of seedless grape varieties, a quality trait that is highly appreciated in table grape varieties and raisin varieties. To this end, the identity of seedless variants from the three participating countries and from other sources will be studied as well as the putative causes for the absence of seeds and, in selected cases for which there are available progenies, their genetic and molecular control will be analyzed. The results of the GRAPEINNOVATION project can provide innovative strategies for the development of new seedless varieties through breeding programs.