Location: Fruit and Nut Research
Project Number: 6042-21000-004-00
Start Date: Jun 14, 2013
End Date: Jun 13, 2018
Elite breeding lines and select named varieties with useful traits will be hybridized and the best resulting seedlings selected. These selections will be tested for multiple years in several locations to identify those truly superior to existing commercial varieties in terms of cropping reliability, productivity, firmness and eating quality. These superior selections will then be named and released for use by the commercial peach industry. Parental root-stock lines with superior resistance to peach-tree short life, Armarilla root rot and pertinent root-knot nematode species will be intercrossed to produce hybrid seedlings with the desired characteristics. Extensive field testing will be utilized to identify those hybrids which have the requisite combination of disease resistance and horticultural traits for successful commercial use in the South Eastern U.S. Peach Industry.