Agroscope, 8820 Wädenswil, Switzerland

Agroscope apple breeding: methods, results and opportunities for sustainable fruit production

Agroscope apple breeding develops new varieties adapted to the current and future requirements of resilient fruit production. The latest developments in breeding methodology are constantly implemented in order to streamline selection as much as possible. Breeding research at Agroscope, our collaboration with the Chair in Plant Breeding at ETH Zürich and international networking allow for modern and efficient breeding. Two categories of varieties are being developed: those intended for the world market, and those that are able to cover specific requirements, such as varieties for organic cultivation. At the same time, new cultivars with the desired tree and fruit characteristics are being tested for apple production on standard trees.

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