English Apples - Research and Collections

Apples are one of the world's major food crops.

Research into many aspects of apple growing is taking place all over the world, but especially in America.

Research areas include variety evaluation, growing organically, reducing use of chemicals, breeding programmes, cultural improvements, bringing old (or new) varieties to a commercial market. One group in New Zealand is concentrating on breeding a red-fleshed variety for the mass market.

An important part of any breeding programme is a good collection of varieties - a wide DNA base. This page lists a few of the main groups and collections.

Washington State University, Mount Vernon - variety evaluation and cultural improvements to fruit production.

Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life science

University of Idaho College of Agriculture- Experimental trials of apples

East Malling Research
Formerly known as East Malling Research Station; scientists here did landmark work in apple rootstocks. Based in Kent, England; continuing their work on apples and other fruit.

Grove Research & Development Station, Huon Valley, Tasmania

There are also groups in Michigan and New York State researching aspects of apple production.

All of the above have their own websites, some more informative than others.


National Fruit Collection
Brogdale, Kent, England. About 1800 varieties of apple and good collections of many other fruits.

compiled by Nigel Deacon / Diversity website

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