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Playing the cross game

May 27, 2010
By Stephanie Bethke-DeJaeghere

What does it take to get a new fruit variety from the U of M experiment stations? The breeding program has been around nearly 100 years and we have had 102 releases from the program. As we have seen with many programs in the past, funding has been cut to this program as well and the focus is now on apples, grapes and blueberries. Apples, in particular, may take up to 30 years to develop and work with one single variety, so this is why even though we have had several new varieties developed recently, the program is still in place over strawberries and raspberries where we have not seen many new varieties developed lately.



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