Promising new yellow cherry selections
While they are still considered a niche market in most of Europe, yellow-skin sweet cherry is popular in the UK, the US and Asian markets. There is, however, a dearth of such genotypes that rate high in cropping and fruit quality traits like size, firmness and flavour. Bologna University began selecting yellow-skin genotypes along these lines as part of its decade-old sweet cherry breeding programme, the aim being to develop new ones with steady cropping levels and fruit of big size, firm flesh, notable taste and flavour traits, and handling resilience. The programme has thus far found 16 new candidate genotypes propagated on two stocks of varying vigour under several training systems to test their growth and cropping performance. The preliminary trial results appear promising for the selection of new cultivars in the future.
Lugli, S., Correale, R. and Grandi, Mi. 2017. Promising new yellow cherry selections. Acta Hort. (ISHS) 1161:27-30
Prunus avium, breeding, cropping, skin colour, fruit quality