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Cole Westbrook Fruit Research Station

Breeding small fruits and grapes

The Cole Westbrook Fruit Research Station is the primary site of activity of the small fruit and grape breeding programs of the Agricultural Experiment Station. Hybridizations, seed collection, seedling evaluation, selection testing, and all other functions are conducted on several crops. Grape breeding emphasizes seedling table grapes, with a lessor effort on wine grape breeding. Blackberry breeding involves the development of improved cultivars, thornless and thorny, with enhanced fruit size, quality and plant health, in addition to the unique primocane-fruiting blackberry under development. Blueberry breeding focuses on southern highbush types with major objectives early ripening, excellent fruit quality, and mineral soil adaptation.
 
Breeding tree fruits
 
The Cole Westbrook Fruit Research Station is the primary site of activity for the peach and nectarine breeding program of the Agricultural Experiment Station. Hybridizations, seed collection, seedling evaluation, selection testing, and all other functions are conducted at this location. Major objectives of the program focus on fresh market nectarines and peaches. Nectarine improvement is directed toward the development of high-quality, adapted nectarines for local and shipping markets. Likewise, peach breeding has similar areas of focus, with an emphasis on white-flesh peaches. Bacterial spot resistance is also a major objective in this area of breeding.

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