WP2: Genome-wide association mapping for hemp breeding

The aim of this WP is to support the development of new hemp varieties optimized for different industrial processes resulting in bioproducts and biomass with an high added value. The specific objectives of this WP include:

  • Characterization of the natural genetic and phenotypic diversity in hemp, represented here in a highly diverse collection of 100 hemp accessions, using a genome-wide association study.
  • Identify genes/QTLs (or regions in the genome) underlying morphologic traits, such as plant height, number and length of the internodes and flowering time.
  • Identification of genes associated with the quality of hemp biomass such as fibre quality for different industrial applications.
  • Integrate this knowledge into existing and new hemp breeding programs to generate novel hemp varieties which can more efficiently be converted into biobased products.
  • Develop a set of tools for the breeding of hemp, both for genotyping and phynotyping.
  • Develop a pipeline for the generation of new hemp varieties for the different European environments and needs.

The following partners are involved in WP2:

  • Wageningen University (WP Leader)
    Contact: Luisa Trindade: E-Mail: luisa.trindade@wur.nl, phone: +31(0)317482127, website
  • Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering Potsdam-Bornim
  • Hochschule Bremen – University of Applied Sciences/ Dept. for BIOMIMETICS
  • Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Fédération Nationale des Producteurs de Chanvre (FNPC)
  • CRA-CIN, Research center for industrial crops
  • Latgale Agriculture Research Centre Ltd