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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Breeding New and Unique Peach Varieties for the Southeast

Authors
item Layne, Desmond - CLEMSON
item Okie, William

Submitted to: National and Southeast Peach Convention Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: January 20, 2003
Publication Date: January 20, 2003
Citation: LAYNE, D., OKIE, W.R. BREEDING NEW AND UNIQUE PEACH VARIETIES FOR THE SOUTHEAST. NATIONAL AND SOUTHEAST PEACH CONVENTION PROCEEDINGS. 2003. p.39-48.

Interpretive Summary: Peach breeding by the USDA-ARS at Byron, GA has been ongoing for more than 65 years (including the early work at nearby Fort Valley, GA). The primary emphasis is on development of peaches suitable for the commercial shipping industry. Most of the time these are also suitable for homeowners and small growers as well. The development of an individual variety takes 10-15 years from initial hybridization until naming and release. During this time we can better judge that a potential variety has size, firmness, productivity, and attractiveness superior to existing varieties in its ripening season. As a part of the breeding program we test and compare many standard and new peach and nectarine varieties. Brief performance notes on these are included for the 2002 season.

Technical Abstract: The primary emphasis of the USDA-ARS breeding program at Byron, GA is on development of peaches suitable for the commercial shipping industry in the Southeast. The development of an individual variety takes 10-15 years from initial hybridization until naming and release. During this time we can better judge that a potential variety has size, firmness, productivity, and attractiveness superior to existing varieties in its ripening season. Several yellow as well as white flesh selections are nearing the end of the evaluation process and may be released soon. As a part of the breeding program we evaluate many standard and new peach and nectarine varieties. Brief performance notes on these are included for the 2002 season.

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