Grape Genetics and Breeding

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 using both classical breeding and biotech approach to develop new cultivars. The Center maintains the largest collection of muscadine and bunch grape (Florida hybrids) germplasm to support its breeding program.



Mr. Zhongbo Ren – Program Leader: 850-412-7398

Dr. Xia Xu – Research Associate: 850-412-7395

Mr. Nicholas Jeminez – Field Assistant