Staff Profile

Dr David Chagne
Science Group Leader, Molecular & Digital Breeding
New Cultivar Innovation

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Dr David Chagne


BSc, Life Science, Universite Bordeaux, France
MSc, Forest Biology, Universite Henri Poincare Nancy 1, France
PhD, Forest Genetics, Universite Henri Poincare Nancy 1, France

Research Interests & Activities

Application of molecular genetics and genomics to understand genetic controls of plant characteristics.

Honours & Awards

2015–present Honorary senior research fellow, Biochemistry Department, University of Otago
2012-present Associate Editor for Tree Genetics & Genomes (Springer)
2014–present Associate Editor for Horticulture Research (Nature Publishing Group)
2012–16 Associate Editor for BMC Genomics
2013 Life Technologies QMB Award for Excellence in Molecular Biology
2012 Roger Slack Award in Plant Biology (New Zealand Society for Plant Biologists)
2000–04 French Ministry of Research & Technology, PhD merit-based scholarship

Professional Memberships

2005-present Member of the NZ Gene Mapping Network (MapNet)
US Rosaceae Executive Committee (RosEXEC), International Liaison

Key Publications

Chagné D, Kirk C, How N, Whitworth C, Fontic C, Sawyer G, Rouse S, Poles L, Gardiner SE, Kumar S, Espley R, Volz RK, Troggio M, Iglesias I 2016. A functional genetic marker for apple red skin colouration across different environments. Tree Genetics & Genomes 12:67.
Chagné D, Dayatilake D, Diack R, Oliver M, Ireland H, Watson A, Gardiner SE, Johnston J, Schaffer R, Tustin S 2014. Genetic and environmental control of fruit maturation, dry matter and firmness in apple (Malus x domestica Borkh.). Horticulture Research 1: 14046.
Chagné D, Crowhurst RN, Pindo M, Thrimawithana A, Deng C, Ireland H, et al. 2014. The draft genome sequence of European pear (Pyrus communis L. ‘Bartlett’) PLoS ONE 9(4): DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0092644.
Chagné D, Lin-Wang K, Espley RV, Volz RK, How NM, Rouse S, Brendolise C, Carlisle CM, Kumar S, De Silva N, Micheletti D, McGhie T, Crowhurst RN, Storey RD, Velasco R, Hellens RP, Gardiner SE, Allan AC 2013. An ancient duplication of apple MYB transcription factors is responsible for novel red fruit-flesh phenotypes. Plant Physiology 161(1): 225–239.
Chagné D, Crowhurst RN, Troggio M, Davey MW, Gilmore B, Lawley C, Vanderzande S, Hellens RP, Kumar S, Cestaro A, Velasco R, Main D, Rees JD, Iezzoni A, Mockler T, Wilhelm L, Van de Weg E, Gardiner SE, Bassil N, Peace C. 2012. Genome-wide SNP detection, validation, and development of an 8K SNP array for apple. PLoS ONE 7(2): e31745.
Chagné D, Krieger C, Rassam M, Sullivan M, Fraser J, André C, Pindo M, Troggio M, Gardiner SE, Henry RA, Allan AC, McGhie TK, Laing WA. 2012 QTL and candidate gene mapping for polyphenolic composition in apple fruit. BMC Plant Biology, 12:12 doi:10.1186/1471-2229-12-12.
Chagné D, Carlisle CM, Blond C, Volz RK, Whitworth CJ, Oraguzie NC, Crowhurst RN, Allan AC, Espley RV, Hellens RP, Gardiner SE 2007. Mapping a candidate gene (MdMYB10) for red flesh and foliage colour in apple. BMC Genomics 8: 212.

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