10 i. de wit b3 f 2013

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10 i. de wit b3 f 2013

  1. 1. Inge De Wit Annemarie Auwerkerken Progress in  Better3fruit’s Apple  and Pear Breeding Program Eufrin meeting ‐ Feb 2013
  2. 2. Overview History and Activity of Better3fruit Mission Better3fruit Breeding Objectives Apple Breeding + results Breeding Objectives Pear Breeding + results
  3. 3. History of the company 1988 start Apple breeding collaboration between: Tree nursery NV Johan Nicolaï Catholic University of Leuven (Fruitteeltcentrum KUL ‐ Prof. Keulemans) 2000 Better3fruit: private company 2005 start Pear breeding at Sempra, Cz 2013 9 commercial apple varieties
  4. 4. Activity of Better3fruit Private and independent 5 shareholders: • KULeuven • Gemma‐Frisius II • European Fruit Co‐operation (EFC) • Belgian Farmers Association • Brava Variety innovation • Breeding Apple and Pear • Introduction into the market Intellectual property management
  5. 5. Fruit that meets the demands of consumers and industry: high‐quality novel controlled production and distribution process Mission ‘Create new and better fruit!’
  6. 6. Breeding Objectives Apple Breeding for commercial products • 10.000 grafted trees/year Pre‐breeding program for: • Major gene resistance • Pyramidization resistance genes • Specific quality traits (shape, color, red flesh,…)
  7. 7. Commercial Breeding Objectives 75% Quality Fruit quality • Texture and Taste • Cold storage + Shelf life Attractiviness appeal and uniformity Productivity and regular bearing 25% Durable disease resistance + Quality Scab, Powdery mildew, Nectria, Erwinia
  8. 8. Commercial product and advanced selections • Quality • Quality + scab resistance • Quality + scab resistance + disease tolerance Selections under evaluation • Quality ( + scab resistance) (+ disease tolerance) • New scab resistance sources (+ quality) • Specific quality traits: red flesh, shape, color Portfolio Apple
  9. 9. Breeding Objectives Pear Fruit quality • texture and taste • long cold storage • extended shelf life Appeal • “bright red blush” • uniformity Tree • Productivity and regular bearing • Parthenocarpy Disease resistance • Erwinia amylovora
  10. 10. Breeding Pear • Pear program started 2005    10.000 grafted trees/ year First fruit evaluated in 2012: • Grafted trees • Sempra‐Litomerice, Cz
  11. 11. Portfolio Pear Advanced selection Pear1: red blushed Conference type First selections under evaluation: Crosses of 2005 Grafted on rootstock in 2008 First results:
  12. 12. Portfolio Pear
  13. 13. //www.better3fruit.com/ erg 36 Rillaar m fruit N.V. 0)16 24 16 10  0)16 22 88 95  etter3fruit.com

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