EMR to look for group members

East Malling Research (EMR) is steaming ahead with plans to create its first cherry breeding club by holding a meeting for prospective members.

EMR announced at Fruit Focus in July that it hopes to follow up on the success of its revamped strawberry breeding club by creating a similar scheme for the cherry sector (Grower, 31 July).

Its current research on new cherry selections focuses on extending the English cherry season into August and September - but Defra funding for this research runs out in April next year.

EMR is therefore seeking to form an industry consortium to continue the breeding and commercialise its work - and is inviting growers and other members of the fruit industry to attend the first open meeting on the plans on 17 September.

- Those interested in attending should contact Colin Gutteridge on 01732 523710 or email colin.gutteridge@emr.ac.uk.


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