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|

International apple & pear research – Jun-Jul 2017

Snippets of the latest apple and pear research from all around the world covering breeding and nursery; flowering and fruit set; post-harvest, processing, and lots more. Breeding and nursery Timing grafting New Zealand: Using graft wood with floral buds reduced final tree weight by 30% while grafting at the end of August instead of early [...]

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

International apple & pear research – April/May 2017

Breeding and nursery Top four apples Russia: After a 60-year breeding program there are four apple cultivars that are highly productive with desirable high quality fruit that store well. See: Apple assortment replenishment in central regions of Russia. Low winter chill genes Israel: For breeding of low winter chill apple trees a region of chromosome [...]

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