Volume 41 Number 1 Article 11 Pages: 40-46
Year 1987 Month 1
Title: Albert Etter: Fruit Breeder
Author: R. Fishman
Albert Etter was an innovative private fruit
breeder who worked mainly with strawberries
His most notable introductions in
clude the Ettersburg 80 (Huxley), Ettersburg
121, and Fendalcino strawberries, as well as the
Pink Pearl, Waltana, and Jonwin apples.
Although the Etter strawberry cultivars have little
commercial importance today, their germplasm
remains a fundamental component in many
leading modern cultivars.
Perhaps more significant was the influence of Etter's unconventional
approach on other breeders.
the value of unimproved, often wild parent
material, and frequently made "wide" crosses
between genetically diverse types.
With strawberries, he demonstrated the particular usefulness of Fragaria chiloensis as a germplasm
His breeding work with apples made
heavy reliance on crabapple material and obscure, apparently unpromising cultivars.
apple selections include a series of pink- and
red-fleshed cultivars, the best known of which
is Pink Pearl.
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