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Breeding Program

Washington State University has two tree fruit breeding programs targeting the development of new cultivars that are suitable for Washington’s climate. In addition to conventional breeding techniques, both programs use DNA information (genetic markers) to improve the breeding efficiency by more informed choice of parent and by eliminating seedlings that lack the desired traits. The apple breeding program, led by Dr. Kate Evans, is based at the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee, WA (apple breeding website).  The sweet cherry breeding program, led by Dr. Nnadozie Oraguzie, is based at the WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser, WA (sweet cherry breeding website).  An overview of the apple and sweet cherry programs can be found below. Information about the complimentary genomics research efforts are found on our Genetics & Genomics page.

Click on the crop heading to view the breeding program overview.

  • Apple
  • Cherry

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