Pear (Pyrus spp.) is an important temperate fruit crop, and is popular worldwide because of its sweet and juicy flesh, excellent eating quality, and nutritional, medicinal and economic value. In the ancient Chinese pharmacopoeia Compendium of Materia Medica (1596), pears were thought to resolve phlegm and relieve cough and asthma. China produces more than 60% of the world pear production.
Molecular marker-assisted selection (MAS) or Genomic Selection (GS) based on reference genome sequence allows breeders to screen the hybrids at the seedling stage and eliminate those without good potential. Thus it will reduce land use and save a lot labor and financial investment, and has great application prospects in crop breeding, especially in perennial fruit tree breeding.
This website is dedicated to collecting resources on pear genomes and genome-wide molecular markers according to our work, and is also provided to peers engaged in works on pear genomics and breeding, thus to promote the molecular breeding process.