Late Blooming-Disease Resistant Apple Breeding

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2007: $8,760.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2010
Region: North Central
State: Ohio
Project Coordinator:

Annual Reports


  • Fruits: apples


  • Crop Production: plant breeding and genetics, varieties and cultivars
  • Pest Management: genetic resistance

    Proposal summary:

    On 4/07/07 an 18 degree F. freeze caused extensive damage to apple flower buds throughout the lower Midwest. Losses to apple growers across the Midwest and South were in the millions of dollars. Only the flower buds of late blooming cultivars survived. Our purpose is to develop new apples that need less pesticides, have better nutritional value and bloom later than conventional apples

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