The objective of FRUITBREEDOMICS is to improve the efficiency of fruit breeding (apple and peach but many tools will also benefit to other species of the Rosaceae family) by bridging the gap between scientific genetics research and application in breeding. FruitBreedomics will: - provide molecular and bioinformatics breeding tools to improve selection efficiency, - provide superior pre-breeding material to meet grower and consumer demands for healthy cultivars of high quality that can be used in future breeding programmes. The consortium is composed of 24 partners: 18 research institutes from Europe and Israel, South Africa, New Zealand and China and 6 small medium enterprises. The UE funding amounts a total of 6 M€ but the resources mobilized will be a total of 10 M€. The project will last 4.5 years starting 1st March 2011.