R&D updates

New path for trans-Tasman breeding program

A new ownership structure for the trans-Tasman breeding program, Prevar, will benefit growers on both sides of the Tasman. Prevar was established in 2005 to commercialise new apple and pear cultivars bred by New Zealand’s research organisation Plant & Food Research Limited (PFR). Since its establishment, Prevar has delivered 12 cultivars to Australian growers. Brands that have been [...]

By |April 3rd, 2019|Branding, News, R&D updates, Varieties and rootstock|

International apple & pear research – Dec 2018/Jan 2019

Snippets of the latest apple and pear research from all around the world covering nursery and breeding; production; robotics; pests and diseases; post-harvest; and consumer interest. Production Harvest timing: Brazil: Spraying Gala apple trees with 1-MCP delayed harvest by 5.5 days and increased fruit size by 2% while spraying with AVG delayed harvest by 9 [...]

By |January 10th, 2019|R&D updates|

International apple & pear research – Oct/Nov 2018

Snippets of the latest apple and pear research from all around the world covering nursery and breeding; production; robotics; pests and diseases; post-harvest; and consumer interest. Nursery and breeding Honeycrisp improvement efforts USA: Soft scald and soggy breakdown genes of ‘Honeycrisp’ have been identified allowing for markerassisted breeding to rapidly identify tree resistance in breeding [...]

By |October 21st, 2018|R&D updates|

International apple & pear research – Aug/Sep 2018

Snippets of the latest apple and pear research from all around the world covering nursery and breeding; production; robotics; pests and diseases; post-harvest; and consumer interest. Nursery and breeding Black spot resistant apples Belarus: Four new apple cultivars resistant to black spot with medium vigour, very precocious and high regular yields have been released and [...]

By |September 3rd, 2018|R&D updates|

International apple & pear research – Jun/Jul 2018

Snippets of the latest apple and pear research from all around the world covering water and nutrition; pollination, flowering and fruit-set; vigour management; and business management. Water and nutrition Reduced water stress Korea Republic: A study of two apple cultivars on M9 rootstocks found that one, with more stomata and larger xylem area suffered less [...]

By |June 25th, 2018|R&D updates|

International apple & pear research – Apr/May 2018

Nursery, genetics and cultivars Trainable pears Hungary: Four local cultivars of pear from western Hungary have been shown to have excellent fruit characteristics compared to Williams pears and they have an easy to train canopy. See: Evaluation of some selected pear landraces derived from the Carpathian Basin. Healthier apples Hungary: Fruit sugar, acidity, pectin and [...]

By |April 20th, 2018|R&D updates|

International apple & pear research – Feb/Mar 2018

Snippets of the latest apple and pear research from all around the world covering cultivars and nursery; production; pests and diseases; post-harvest; and quality and health. Cultivars and nursery B9 interstems benefits Romania: Using B9 interstems on vigorous rootstocks maintained the dwarfing character of B9 and substantially increased the number of feathers over B9 alone. [...]

By |February 21st, 2018|R&D updates|

International apple & pear research – Dec 2017/Jan 2018

Snippets of the latest apple and pear research from all around the world covering production; mechanization; post-harvest and safety; consumer interest and health, and lots more. Genetic research and breeding Root-changing gene China: An auxin transporter gene has been identified in apples which transports auxin to the roots and reduces primary root elongation and increases [...]

By |December 21st, 2017|R&D updates|

International apple & pear research – Oct-Nov 2017

Snippets of the latest apple and pear research from all around the world covering production; mechanization; post-harvest and safety; consumer interest and health, and lots more. Production Organic fertiliser benefits Ukraine: An experimental apple orchard with different fertiliser regimes established in 1931 was replanted in 1982. Replanted trees in plots with a history of organic [...]

By |October 1st, 2017|R&D updates|

International apple & pear research – Aug-Sep 2017

Snippets of the latest apple and pear research from all around the world covering pests and diseases; post-harvest; health, safety and consumer interest; and lots more. Nursery and cultivars Transferring genetic traits Brazil: Using plant plasmids – a new approach to transferring desirable genetic traits into apple trees. See: New biotechnological tools to accelerate scab-resistance [...]

By |August 1st, 2017|R&D updates|