Analysis of gene expression and development of strawberry plants in a vertical-farming system

Strawberries are a popular and economically important fruit. The recent development of vertical farming enables the year-round production of high quality fruits. To get the most out of this new production method, it is important that the developmental cycle, and the underlaying molecular pathways, of strawberry plants are well-understood.

In this experiment, different strawberry cultivars will be grown in a vertical-farm set-up under long-day and short-day conditions. The aim is to elucidate the expression patterns of several genes of interest involved in plant growth and development. With the acquired data, differences in gene expression between the different cultivars will be analyzed.

    Used skills

    Experience or affinity with molecular lab techniques (RNA extraction, cDNA synthesis, qPCR)

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