A DISCUSSION OF THE CHALLENGES FACED BY AND THE ADVANTAGES OFFERED BY THE ARC'S CITRUS BREEDING PROGRAMME

A. Sippel, Z. Bijzet, N.K. Combrink, J.G.J. Maritz, K.F. Hannweg, A.A. Severn-Ellis
The Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Crops (ITSC) in Nelspruit Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, is one of the horticultural institutes of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) with the mandate to do research, technology development and technology transfer on all tropical and subtropical crops in South Africa. Citrus is one of the crops on which there is a major research focus and for which there is a dedicated breeding and evaluation programme. As with all breeding programmes, the citrus breeding programme is faced with specific challenges and opportunities. Challenges influencing the programme range from external and internal issues as well as various technical aspects. The programme created environmental, social and economic advantages which have a macro influence on the community, whilst there are also specific advantages for the citrus industry in terms of knowledge created, gene banks and infrastructure established and availability of selections and breeding parents. The challenges and advantages of the citrus breeding programme are discussed.
Sippel, A., Bijzet, Z., Combrink, N.K., Maritz, J.G.J., Hannweg, K.F. and Severn-Ellis, A.A. (2013). A DISCUSSION OF THE CHALLENGES FACED BY AND THE ADVANTAGES OFFERED BY THE ARC'S CITRUS BREEDING PROGRAMME. Acta Hortic. 1007, 261-266
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2013.1007.27
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2013.1007.27
Citrus species, germplasm, cultivar, selection, improvement, evaluation
English

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