CULTIVAR DEVELOPMENT

APPLES & PEARS

NEW ROOTSTOCKS FOR PEARS
Profitable fruit production requires early, sustained production/ha of high quality fruit. The popular South African rootstocks, BP1 and BP3 tend to be too vigorous for modern high density orchards and dwarfing, precocious rootstocks are required.
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APPLESCAB AND PEAR MILDEW: A BREEDING PERSPECTIVE
Apple Scab and Apple Mildew: A Breeding PerspectivThe use of chemicals for disease control represents one of the major costs in commercial fruit production. Besides, consumers demand fruit that is perfect and spotless, produced with the least amount of pesticides and fungicides. Therefore most fruit-tree breeding programs today aim towards combining durable resistance to the economically important diseases with high fruit quality and storability.
DOCUMENTS:
Apple Scab and Apple Mildew: A Breeding Perspective.PDF (97.8 KB)
FRUIT BREEDING: BASIC PRINCIPLES
To some people fruit breeding may simply mean a decision to cross two commercial cultivars in the hope of creating a new and better cultivar from their offspring. The process of genetic improvement, however, goes far beyond a combination of genes (the particular determiners of hereditary traits) from two parents.
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Fruit Breeding: Basic principles.PDF (82.9 KB)