THE APRICOT BREEDING PROGRAMME AT THE HORTICULTURE FACULTY IN LEDNICE
Since 1981, the aim of the apricot breeding programme at the Horticultural Faculty in Lednice has been to obtain new adaptable cultivars, which combine most of the valuable biological traits. Standard breeding techniques, such as crossing by emasculation and hand-pollination, self-pollination and open-pollination, were employed. A total of 1,014 crossings was produced from more than 100 different parents. So far, 15,000 seedlings have been obtained, of which about 10,000 have been evaluated already. The most interesting selections were grafted and planted in trial orchards (we now have more than 500 elite genotypes). Seven of these have already been registered, a further four promising new cultivars have been submitted for registration (Marlen, Svatava, Minaret, Palava) and several more with a high level of PPV tolerance have been selected for further investigation (for example, LE-3276 Betinka, LE-2927, LE-2926, LE-3241).
Krska, B., Vachun, Z. and Necas, T. (2006). THE APRICOT BREEDING PROGRAMME AT THE HORTICULTURE FACULTY IN LEDNICE. Acta Hortic. 717, 145-148
apricot, Prunus armeniaca L., breeding, resistance, productivity