Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/18/2010
Publication Date: 1/3/2012
Citation: Zhebentyayeva, T., Ledbetter, C.A., Burgos, L., Llacer, G. 2012. Apricots. In: Badenes, M.L., Byrne, P.H., editors. Fruit Breeding, Handbook of Plant Breeding, Vol. 8. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0763-12. Springer Science & Business Media. p.875
Technical Abstract: Apricot orchard area and fruit production are increasing worldwide. Breeding programs engage in apricot development to provide new varieties to meet needs of producers and consumers. Over the last 20 years, breeders have used new techniques to assist in variety development and to increase breeding efficiency. In this report, key objectives and achievements of active apricot breeding programs are identified. We also provide an overview of knowledge concerning apricot biology and genetic resources available to breeders. Apricot breeding methods and strategies are described, as are new molecular techniques that will assist future varietal development.