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Next generation apple breeding for resilient UK production


Project objectives

The control of fungal diseases in apple significantly adds to production costs. The long-term aim of the industry is to breed apples with resistance to these diseases. However, breeding is a long-term process and typically takes 20-25 years from crossing to release. In this project NIAB scientists are working with WorldWide Fruit Ltd to develop novel breeding methodologies that will enable a shorter breeding cycle for apple and ensure a faster route to market for resistant varieties. The methodologies will include the use of genomic selection, marker assisted selection and speed breeding.

Lead Researcher: Amanda Karlstrom
Industry: Fruit
Industry partners: WorldWide Fruit Ltd
Topic: Genetics, Crop protection (pests, diseases and weeds), Breeding
Funded by: Growing Kent & Medway
Project start date: Jun-2023
Project end date: Mar-2025