Volume 61 Number 2 Article 12 Pages: 78-83
Year 2007 Month 4
Title: Multidisciplinary Evaluation of New Apple Cultivars: the NE-183 Regional Project 1999 Planting
Authors: D. Greene, R. Crassweller, C. Hampson, R. McNew, S. Miller, A. Azarenko, B. Barritt, L. Berkett, S. Brown, J. Clements, W. Cowgill, J. Cline, C. Embree, E. Fallahi, B. Fallahi, E. Garcia, G. Greene, T. Lindstrom, I. Merwin, J.D. Obermiller, D. Rosenberger and M. Stasiak
The NE-183 regional project was established in 1994 with its primary objective to evaluate horticultural characteristics
and pest susceptibility of new apple (Malus × domestica Borkh.) cultivars and advanced selections at
numerous locations throughout the United States and Canada to determine both limitations and positive attributes
of these cultivars.
The project was established because many new apple cultivars were available but there was
no established mechanism to provide unbiased evaluation to aid orchardists in making informed decisions about
what apple cultivars have the greatest likelihood of being successful.
There were two types of plantings: horticulture
and pest susceptibility.
Pest susceptibility plantings were intended to assess natural susceptibility of cultivars
to insects and diseases.
The horticulture plantings were intended to evaluate horticultural characteristics, fruit
quality and sensory characteristics of the cultivars.
The first NE-183 cultivar planting was established in 1995 at
28 locations in 18 states or Canadian provinces.
A second group of 23 cultivars was planted in 1999. This article
summarizes the rationale for initiating the NE-183 project, and lists the cultivars, locations and overall project
design for the 1999 planting.
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