Submitted to: HortScience
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: December 11, 2007
Publication Date: August 1, 2008
Citation: Ledbetter, C.A. 2008. Register of New Fruit and Nut Varieties List 44. HortScience 43(5):1321-1343.
Interpretive Summary: This listing of new fruit and nut varieties includes these crops: almond, apple, apricot, blackberry and hybrid berries, blueberry, grape, grape rootstock, nectarine, paw-paw, peach, pecan, plum and plum hybrids, Prunus rootstock, raspberry, strawberry and tropical fruits avocado and kiwifruit. For each variety there is a brief description that includes information on the origin and pedigree; fruit characters such as color, size, appearance, firmness, ripe season and quality; tree or plant characters such as disease resistance, tree size, bloom type and time; and area of adaptation. Many of the varieties originated in the United States, but some are from other countries. The listing also includes synonyms, patent numbers and selection or test numbers.
The Register of New Fruit and Nut Varieties is a compilation of descriptions of new fruit and nut cultivars from around the world but with particular attention to cultivars from North America. In the 44th edition, 11 newly released apricot cultivars are described in terms of their origins, important fruit traits and prominent tree characteristics. Six of the described cultivars originated from breeding programs in California, and the remaining five apricots were bred and evaluated in Italy.