CHARACTERISTICS OF PROMISING MUSCADINE GRAPE (VITIS ROTUNDIFOLIA MICHX.) SELECTIONS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA (USA) BREEDING PROGRAM
Muscadine grapes have been cultivated commercially in the south-eastern United States since the middle of the 18th century for both fresh consumption and wine and juice production. The University of Georgia operates the oldest and largest breeding program dedicated to the improvement of the muscadine grape. Current goals of the breeding program include the development of new cultivars which combine large berry size with perfect flowers, earlier and later maturing cultivars, berries with dry stem scars and edible skins, and increased cold hardiness. Details of eight new selections in comparison to standard cultivars are given in this paper. Five selections are targeted towards conventional fresh market production, two for organic production, and one for home garden and pick-your-own production. One of the most promising selections; Ga. 5-1-45 (Supreme × Tara), is on track to be released as a cultivar by 2011.
Conner, P.J. (2014). CHARACTERISTICS OF PROMISING MUSCADINE GRAPE (VITIS ROTUNDIFOLIA MICHX.) SELECTIONS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA (USA) BREEDING PROGRAM. Acta Hortic. 1046, 303-307
Scuppernong, cultivar, genetics, fruit quality, Muscadinia