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R. Karina Gallardo, Diem Nguyen, Vicki McCracken, Chengyan Yue, James Luby and James R. McFerson

market acceptance provide advantages to all parties in the supply chain with products that are more desirable, available, affordable, healthful, and safer. However, breeding programs in rosaceous crops face numerous constraints. Development, evaluation

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P.C. St. Amand and D.R. La Bonte

A user-friendly, menu driven, database program was developed to facilitate storage, retrieval, and manipulation of data associated with a sweetpotato breeding program. The database is written in FoxBASE+ for IBM and compatible personal computers. The database consists of a variety of test options with statistical capabilities for analysis of raw test data for commonly evaluated factors used to screen sweetpotato selections. The database also contains options which permit the user to query the stored data. An important feature is the summarization of test data for individual selections based on all the tests it has been entered into. Overall means, SDs and comparisons with user specified checks are listed in a printout for each factor along with morphological descriptors, parentage, and a note section. The database also assists the user in field research through recording of plot plans, data collection forms and related data query options.

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Chengyan Yue, R. Karina Gallardo, Vicki A. McCracken, James Luby, James R. McFerson, Lan Liu and Amy Iezzoni

backbone of numerous U.S. and Canadian rural communities. Rosaceous crop breeding programs have a long history of introducing cultivars with superior characteristics for production, pest and disease resistance, postharvest handling and storage, sensory

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Kate M. Evans, Lisa J. Brutcher and Bonnie S. Konishi

To be successful, a breeding program has to be able to track all its seedlings at every stage of testing and to ensure that the origin of each seedling product (e.g., fruit) tested is correctly recorded. The Washington State University apple

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Alejandra A. Salgado and John R. Clark

verify if resistance to reversion is present ( Clark and Finn, 2011 ). The UA blackberry breeding program, with a focus on postharvest quality of fruits for successful postharvest storage for the fresh market, began postharvest evaluations in 2008 to

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Amanda J. Hershberger, David A. Knauft and Carol D. Robacker

plant breeding program because it can confound selection schemes and greatly reduce selection effectiveness. Developmental patterns, reproductive timing, and breeding systems are all affected by the environment ( Sultan, 2000 ). Reproductive traits are

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Kate Evans, Lisa Brutcher, Bonnie Konishi and Bruce Barritt

fruit quality is a major part of any apple breeding program, and breeders are constantly searching for methods to help measure these important traits. To date, sensory analysis is by far the most preferred form of testing for crispness; however, there is

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Lori Hoagland, John Navazio, Jared Zystro, Ian Kaplan, Jose Gomez Vargas and Kevin Gibson

their customers. Existing tomato cultivars may not be optimally adapted to organic production in the Midwest. There are currently no public fresh-market tomato breeding programs in this region and growers rely on cultivars developed in regions with

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Wayne J. Bourgeois, Charles E. Johnson, William A. Young and Alvin J. Adams

The peach breeding program in Louisiana was initiated in the late 1940's to develop adapted cultivars for Louisiana. The objectives of the program have been to develop large fruited disease resistant fresh market cultivars for all areas of Louisiana. The state is divided into three climatic zones in reference to the breeding program (north, south, and coastal). Cultivars have been developed that are adapted specifically for each zone. A few cultivars produce marketable fruit in all three zones. The annual chill units vary from 350 to 1000+ over the three zones. Seventeen cultivars have been released since 1969 and these are used throughout the southeast U.S. in production areas. A primary breeding objective is to develop a sequence of cultivars to service the market from late April through September. Also equally important is development of genetic disease resistance to bacterial spot, Xanthamonas campestris pv pruni.

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James N. Moore, Roy C. Rom, Stanley A. Brown and Gerald L. Klingaman

Three ornamental peaches and one ornamental nectarine were released in 1992 from the Arkansas peach breeding program. `Tom Thumb' is a red-leaf dwarf peach with attractive foliage that is retained throughout summer. `Leprechaun' is a green-leaf dwarf nectarine with small but attractive, freestone fruits. `Crimson Cascade' and `Pink Cascade' are red-leaf peaches with trees of standard size that exhibit a weeping growth habit. `Crimson Cascade' produces double flowers that are dark red while `Pink Cascade' double flowers are pink. The attractive plants of these cultivars should be of value in home landscapes.