HIGH POTENTIAL IN NEW NORWEGIAN BRED PEAR CULTIVARS
Three Norwegian bred pear cultivars have been released from the breeding programme that was initiated in 1983, Celina QTee®, Kristina and Ingrid. Ingrid was launched in 2006, whereas Celina and Kristina were launched in 2010. Of these three cultivars, Celina QTee® is the most promising one, as the process of commercialization and planting has been started in many countries. Celina QTee® is an early maturing cultivar with a very attractive red blush, and good fruit quality, and have the potential to be a significant international pear cultivar. Ingrid is an extremely early cultivar with high fruit quality and medium-small fruits. This cultivar has most appreciation in cooler climate. Kristina is a green-yellow pear with good fruit quality that has shown potential for organic growing. The results from international trials have been a prerequisite for a wide and objective evaluation of the material. Without this information reported back to the breeder, the material would have been discarded and lost. Pear breeding in Graminor at Njøs was terminated by the grubbing of seedlings in 2009.
Hjeltnes, S.H., Vercammen, J., Gomand, A., Måge, F. and Røen, D. (2015). HIGH POTENTIAL IN NEW NORWEGIAN BRED PEAR CULTIVARS. Acta Hortic. 1094, 111-116
Pyrus communis, breeding, selection, new cultivars, commercialization