VALORISATION OF FRUIT TREE GENETIC RESOURCES
The better performing cultivars are reintroduced in the nursery trade by the Station. Nine apple cvs, are now being sold to home - growers by the nurseries and some of these apple cvs are now also being planted by professional growers in Belgium. The results of the initial phase of a breeding programme to produce apple cultivars with durable resistance to disease derived from selected old cultivars are presented. The project is an illustration of how the preservation and evaluation of fruit tree genetic resources can lay the foundation of future breeding programmes.