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American Pomological Society

Volume 23 Number 2 Article 4 Pages: 34-35
Year 1969 Month 4
Title: The Alwood Grape
Authors: G.D. Oberle and R.C. Moore
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Abstract:
The grape breeding program of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station has reached the stage of producing tangible results with the recent naming and introduction of a new variety named 'Alwood'.
Alwood is a seedling of 'Fredonia' crossed with 'Athens'. The cross was made in 1949 by R.C. Moore. The original vine first bore fruit in 1953. It was held for further observation because its fruit was free from black rot infection which was severe in the Blacksburg area that year. The clusters were noted as being attractive and of above average flavor and quality. It was selected for propagation and further testing in 1955. Fruiting records on the propagation paralleled those of the original vine, and before his retirement in 1964 Mr. Moore selected it for eventual naming and releasing. The name 'Alwood' was chosen for it in recognition of the late William B. Alwood, the first horticulturist of the staff of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station, and an eminent authority on grape culture, grape physiology and wine making.

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