The IRTA-FruitFutur-PFR apple and pear scion breeding programmes
Scion cultivar breeding programmes on apple and pear have been carried out at Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries (IRTA)-Plant & Food Research (PFR) in the Catalonia region of Spain since 2002, using both public and private funding. The programmes' targets are to develop cultivars well suited to the warm conditions of Spain, which at the same time provide consumers with high quality fruits (texture, flavour and aroma) that lead to consumer satisfaction and increased consumption. The satisfactory performance of the programmes allowed the nomination up to now six elite apple and three pear selection, which are currently in the process of being tested in pilot commercial plots. We summarize progress to date.
Cantin, C., Fontich, C., Iglesias, I., Batlle, I., Carbó, J., Bonany, J., Brewer, L., Volz, R. and White, A. (2017). The IRTA-FruitFutur-PFR apple and pear scion breeding programmes. Acta Hortic. 1172, 155-160
Pyrus, Malus, cultivar, controlled crosses, selection, fruit quality