Bejo Seeds Senior Tomato Breeder Doug Heath says modern plant breeding techniques give breeders the tools they need to solve growers’ challenges.
Both have advantages and should attract young people, especially with more so-called club varieties, as seen in apples.
James N. Moore, who established the fruit breeding program at the University of Arkansas more than a half-century ago, was 85.
‘Durham’ offers excellent kernel color and fill, reduced susceptibility to blight, and harvests about 10 days earlier than ‘Chandler.’
Over the last 20 years, researchers have been working to develop new grapes resistant to Pierce’s disease. Now the varieties are nearing release.
The project focuses on improving disease resistance and fruit quality through better genetics and breeding.
Genetic sequencing paves the way for better breeding.
Studies focusing on consumer preference, aphid resistance, heat tolerance, and genetics aim to capitalize on an expanding market.
The next generation of the federally funded RosBREED research program uses DNA techniques to deliver varieties that benefit both growers and consumers.
The FAST TRACK evaluation program is set for its second run, and it has three promising cultivars in tow.
Only in-state growers will be eligible to plant a limited number of variety WA 38.
The RosBREED project was designed to create a national network that would facilitate the use of marker-assisted breeding to deliver improved plant materials more efficiently and rapidly. It has succeeded in doing so.