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Sandra M. Reed and Timothy A. Rinehart

’) originated in Japan and have been in cultivation for over 100 years. Many others were developed through breeding efforts in Europe and have been introduced to the United States only during the past 10 to 15 years. Although many of the H. paniculata

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Melinda A. Miller-Butler, Barbara J. Smith, Kenneth J. Curry, and Eugene K. Blythe

inoculation trials might have possessed other desired horticultural traits that could be used in their breeding program. Screening strawberry germplasm for disease resistance using detached leaf assays is an alternative to inoculating whole plants that allows

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Qi Zhang, Enda Yu, and Andy Medina

attempted to use variability in the genus for crop improvement through interspecific breeding yet overcoming crossing barriers, the male sterility, and incompatibility of the interspecific F 1 and early succeeding generations of distant crosses has been a

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Tadahisa Higashide, Ken-ichiro Yasuba, Katsumi Suzuki, Akimasa Nakano, and Hiromi Ohmori

The yield of greenhouse tomatoes ( Solanum lycopersicum ) in The Netherlands has doubled from ≈30 kg·m −2 per year in the 1980s to 60 kg·m −2 per year in 2005 ( Kwantitatieve Informatie voor de Glastuinbouw, 2005 ). Breeding for higher

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E.W. Stover and T.G. McCollum

Two devastating citrus diseases have become widespread in Florida in the last 6 years and are providing unprecedented obstacles to citrus breeding. ACC (caused by Xcc) has been introduced into Florida on at least three occasions. Despite successful

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Fanjuan Meng, Mu Peng, and Fachun Guan

indispensable in peach breeding. Despite their importance, there is limited information on the genetic relationships of wild peach. To explore the genetic diversity and relationships of these wild peach germplasms, traditional methods based on morphological

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Ossama Kodad, José M. Alonso, María T. Espiau, Gloria Estopañán, Teresa Juan, and Rafel Socias i Company

germplasm for addressing future challenges in almond breeding. As a consequence, these genotypes are preserved, characterized in several almond collections and incorporated into advanced breeding programs ( Kester et al., 1990 ). One of the most important

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Agnieszka Masny, Edward Żurawicz, Kris Pruski, and Wiesław Mądry

plantations with susceptible cultivars can face up to 75% yield losses compared with 7% to 15% for tolerant or low susceptible. This makes expansion of strawberry breeding programs for tolerance to verticillium wilt a top priority to the small fruit industry

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Jessica L. Gilbert, Michael L. Schwieterman, Thomas A. Colquhoun, David G. Clark, and James W. Olmstead

The University of Florida (UF) blueberry breeding program has been developing blueberry cultivars adapted to the subtropical Florida climate for over 60 years. During this time, many uncultivated Vaccinium species native to Florida were used as

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Michael Pillay and Robert Fungo

, 2002 ). The Fe and Zn content of plants could be increased by biofortification, i.e., defined as a strategy to increase the nutrient content of staple foods through agricultural means, including breeding, genetic engineering, mutagenesis, and agronomic