PROGRESS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF RASPBERRY CULTIVARS SUITED TO MACHINE HARVEST AND PROCESS MARKETS IN THE PACIFIC NORTH WEST
The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited and Northwest Plant Company established a raspberry breeding programme in Lynden, Washington, USA in 1999. The programmes aim is to breed and select superior machine harvest cultivars adapted to the Pacific North West. Main breeding objectives include high machine harvested yield, improved fruit firmness, good fruit flavour, dark fruit colour, high fruit soluble solids and disease resistance. Wakefield raspberry is a recent release from the programme. We present comparative data on the performance of Wakefield which we have observed to have significant advantages in terms of fruit yield, fruit quality and disease resistance over Meeker raspberry which is currently the main cultivar grown in the Pacific North West. Wakefield pedigree is complex and includes genetic contribution from Rubus idaeus, R. strigosus, and R. pileatus.
Stephens , M.J. and Enfield, J. (2012). PROGRESS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF RASPBERRY CULTIVARS SUITED TO MACHINE HARVEST AND PROCESS MARKETS IN THE PACIFIC NORTH WEST. Acta Hortic. 946, 205-210
Rubus idaeus, breeding, 'Wakefield'