The development of new and improved grape cultivars is critical for the continuous
growth of Florida’s grape and wine industry. The unit conducts research in grape genetics
and system biology. The team is using both classical and molecular breeding to develop
new cultivars with superior quality vinification/fresh fruit traits and high adaptability
to warm and humid climate. The Center maintains the largest collection of southern
muscadine and bunch grapes germplasm to support its breeding program.
Islam El-Sharkawy, Ph. D. , Assistant Professor, Grape Genetics in Breeding, Program
Lieder: (850) 599-8685 I email@example.com
Ahmed Darwish, Ph.D., Research Scientist: (850) 412-7395I firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.comZhongbo Ren, Research Associate: (850) 412-7398 I
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Research Project: "Evaluation of biochemical juice attributes and color-related traits
in muscadine grape population".