Researchers across EU to collaborate on cherry cultivation

Researchers at Kent's East Malling Research will combine their expertise on cherry breeding and cultivation with that of colleagues in other EU countries under a new agreement.

The Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action initiative will see researchers across the continent collaborating on cherry genetics, physiology and pest and disease management.

In the area of genetics, it will promote new technologies including coordinated marker-assisted selection strategies, allowing breeders to identify desirable traits within plants at the seedling stage, so hastening development of new, improved varieties.
 
EMR breeder Feli Fernández, the UK representative for the initiative, said: "We are very excited about being involved in the COST action which will avoid duplication of research effort and ultimately benefit the consumer and producer through the availability of better cherries."

EMR is already home to the Concept Cherry Orchard, where a range of varieties on dwarf stock are being trialled under removable covers.


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