Breeding for new varieties of apple is time-consuming and carried out in state-funded institutions. Molecular markers make it possible to shorten the time needed to develop varieties and improve breeding efficiency. Mapped markers are linked to agronomically important traits on a genetic map. This information can be exploited rapidly in modern breeding programmes directly linked to market demands. Important agronomic traits considered in this project are :
- resistance to the most important fungus diseases and pests;
- fruit quality with emphasis on market demand for taste and storage ability;
- reduction of time to fruiting, and very compact (columnar) growth type.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
6700 AA Wageningen