Hence, the project comprises the development of fingerprints based on molecular markers for cultivar identification. In addition, the potential virus infection of Epicactus-hybrids is analyzed, and diagnostic methods are developed. Techniques for virus elimination are tested.
Epicactus hybrids: from a historic ornamental plant towards a modern horticultural product; subproject: genotypic fingerprinting and virus detection in Epicactus hybrids
2011 - 2014
Epicactus-hybrids arose from multiple crosses of species and hybrids among themselves, resulting in a great diversity of several thousand culitvars that are difficult to identify based on morphology alone. Moreover, it is assumed that plants are virus infected because typical symptoms are described and because Epicactus-hybrids are propagated vegetatively. These problems impede the professional production of Epicactus-hybrids.