PLANT & FOOD RESEARCH: NEW ZEALAND KIWIFRUIT BREEDING PROGRAMME

A.R. Granger
Plant & Food Research (PFR) conducts plant breeding in fruit, vegetable and arable crops. The largest programme is in kiwifruit. Started in 1980, its best known product, ‘Hort16A’, the fruit of which are marketed as ZESPRI® GOLD Kiwifruit, was released in 1998 and generates annual export earnings of more than NZ$400M for New Zealand. The programme attracts NZ$10M of investment from ZESPRI, government and Plant & Food Research each year, with 96,000 seedlings planted in the field, expected to expand to 100,000 by 2012. Three selections were commercially released by ZESPRI Group Ltd in June 2010 and another 47 selections are under evaluation. Key traits include flavour, storage life and flesh colour.
Granger, A.R. (2011). PLANT & FOOD RESEARCH: NEW ZEALAND KIWIFRUIT BREEDING PROGRAMME. Acta Hortic. 913, 59-61
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2011.913.4
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2011.913.4
Actinidia, mass selection, molecular markers, recurrent selection
English

Acta Horticulturae