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Genetic characterization of some Romanian red wine grapevine varieties
Author(s): Ligia Gabriela Ghetea; Rozalia Magda Motoc; Ana-Maria Niculescu; Simona Carmen Litescu; Virgil-Florin Duma; Carmen Florentina Popescu
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Paper Abstract

In our study we have considered three of the most valuable Romanian red wine grapevine cultivars: Feteasca neagra, Feteasca alba and Novac. We have chosen to study grapevine because grapes and wine are an important part of a healthy diet, and because red grapes have the highest content of proanthocyanidins, that act as antioxidants (free radical scavengers) in the human body. Proanthocyanidins possess anti-mutagenic, anti-tumor, anti-viral activities and they present many other confirmed or potential benefits. Genotyping method was applied in order to asses the genetic profile at 14 microsatellite loci, for two cultivars: Feteasca neagra and Feteasca alba. In order to achieve this, the HPLC-DAD method was used. The content of anthocyans in grape skin from two cultivars - Feteasca neagra and Novac - was measured. Microsatellite markers have been certified as powerful tools for assessing genetic identities and genetic relationships between grapevine gene pools. Genetic characterization of grapevine cultivars can certify their authenticity and purity, two features that have a direct effect on the quality and value of the finished product, the wine. In our country, this is the first attempt in order to establish a genetic profile for valuable Romanian origin grapevine varieties. In some of the 14 microsatellitic loci, Feteasca neagra and Feteasca alba cultivars presented allele size variants different from the values cited in the literature, proving that these cultivars belong to a geographical distinct gene pool. The content of anthocyans in Feteasca neagra grape skin was significantly higher than in Novac.

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Date Published: 2 May 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6991, Biophotonics: Photonic Solutions for Better Health Care, 699128 (2 May 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.781420
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Ligia Gabriela Ghetea, Univ. of Bucharest (Romania)
Rozalia Magda Motoc, Univ. of Bucharest (Romania)
Ana-Maria Niculescu, Univ. of Bucharest (Romania)
Simona Carmen Litescu, National Institute of Research and Development for Biological Sciences (Romania)
Virgil-Florin Duma, Aurel Vlaicu Univ. (Romania)
Carmen Florentina Popescu, National Research Institute for Biotechnology (Romania)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6991:
Biophotonics: Photonic Solutions for Better Health Care
Jürgen Popp; Wolfgang Drexler; Valery V. Tuchin; Dennis L. Matthews, Editor(s)

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