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Safj 2022 02 Arc Breeding Program Pear Cultivar Rosemarie
February / March 2022

The ARC breeding programme Economic benefits for SA’s pear industry

SA Fruit Journal: February / March 2022

By Constance Rasweswe and Taaibos Human (Agricultural Research Council, Infruitec-Nietvoorbij, Stellenbosch)


A small-scale pear-breeding programme initiated around 1950 at the then Fruit and Fruit Technology Research Institute and which continues at the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) Institute at Infruitec-Nietvoorbij in Stellenbosch. Since its inception, the programme has released three blushed cultivars to the pear industry. But investors in research seldom realise the extent of the dividends on their investment due to the long lag times to fruition, especially in tree fruit breeding.

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