International Grape Genome Program
Welcome to www.vitaceae.org the web site for multinational collaborative grapevine research. The primary research focus is grapevine genomics carried out within the framework of the International Grape Genome Program (IGGP). It is expected that this new genomic knowledge will have a significant impact on our understanding of grapevine biology, viticulture and enology. Plant biologists, viticulturists and enologists are encouraged to contribute their expertise and form collaborations with genetic and molecular scientists within the IGGP.
The Steering Committee of the IGGP consists of international members from the major wine regions of the world. The IGGP White Paper was written in 2002 and explains in detail the research objectives of the program and the benefits and advantages of the approach. Progress has been rapid since the production of the White Paper with many objectives now achieved. It is still maintained in the history section. Working groups are formed from time to time to define directions and make recommendations.
The goal of the IGGP is to understand the genetic and molecular basis of all biological processes in Vitis that are relevant to the crop. This understanding is fundamental to allow efficient exploitation of Vitis biological resources in the development of new cultivars with improved quality and reduced economic and environmental costs. This knowledge is also vital for the development of new vineyard and winery diagnostic tools. Traits considered of primary interest are pathogen and abiotic stress resistance, quality traits for fruit and wine grapes and reproductive traits determining yield.
The IGGP promotes collaborations and placement of data into the public domain to achieve this goal.
A NSF grant has been awarded to coordinate grape research in the USA. Stipends for graduate students and postdoctoral associates are available for exchange between labs to foster collaborations and training in grape functional genomics. The application can be downloaded from this link 
The IGGP recommends submission of all genomic data to public databases maintained at NCBI. This provides a single point of access for most grape genomic resources and allows individuals to view or download data of interest for further analysis and value adding. Vitis vinifera records in NCBI databases.
To achieve the final goal research is being done in the following areas:
- Markers and genetic mapping
- BAC libraries, physical maps and genome sequencing
- ESTs and transcriptional profiling
- Functional analysis