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    Vegetable Genetic Improvement Network (VeGIN)


    The Vegetable Genetic Improvement Network (VeGIN) represents a collaboration between Harper Adams and the University of Warwick Crop Centre. VeGIN research aims to improve knowledge and resrouces for a range of crops including lettuce, brassicas, carrots and onions.


    This research project is part of the work of the Fresh Produce Research Centre at Harper Adams University.

    The Vegetable Genetic Improvement Network (VeGIN) is an interactive network of researchers and industry leaders, including collaboration between Harper Adams University and the University of Warwick Crop Centre, who work together to promote market delivery of improved vegetable varieties using sustainable production systems. VeGIN provides resources and knowledge that underpin breeding in a range of field vegetable crops including the major UK vegetable crops of lettuce, brassicas, carrot and onion. To find out more, please visit:

    Research within VeGIN at HAU is aimed at the development and use of phenotypic screening protocols for use in assessing lettuce (Lactuca sativa), Brassica oleracea, Carrot and onion Diversity Fixed Foundation Sets and mapping populations for natural variation in response to abiotic stresses, such as those leading to the development of tipburn in lettuce and drought, waterlogging and salinity stresses in all four crop groups. This will allow further assessment of the role of genetic variability in abiotic stress responses in these species.

    Funding Body

    Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

    Lead Organisation

    Harper Adams University and University of Warwick Crop Centre


    University of Warwick Crop Centre

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