POMAEXPO PRESENTED FIRST APPLE WITH IMPROVED GENES
THE SEMINAR AIMS TO FIND OUT WHAT'S NEW IN POMES VARIETAL INNOVATION, THE PRODUCT OF THE WORK OF RESEARCHERS IN CONJUNCTION WITH INDUSTRY.
June 01, 2017
A new variety of sun-resistant, red apple, with greater sweetness and suitable for the Central Zone of the country, attracted the attention of the audience at the 5° version of Pomaexpo, which was held at the Talca Campus, organized by the Pomes Center (CP) and the Andes New Varieties Administration company (ANA).
This new variety is the result of the Associative Genetic Improvement Program for the Apple Tree that the CP develops in conjunction with the above-mentioned company and the French firm International Fruit Obtention.
This exhibition aims to present the latest developments in pomes varietal innovation - apples and pears- and in cherry trees, a line of work of the Pomes Center and ANA-Chile, with the purpose of contributing to the productive efficiency of the sector in the zone and the country.
José Antonio Yuri, director of the CP, highlighted the achievements made by this unit and the projections of the event in innovation in the fruit sector. "We have 22 years as Pomes Center and 19 running bimonthly technical meetings in which we start to do a sort of public account toward the industry. We support producers in their management with technical solutions and productive results, with a better quality of fruit, more and greater profitability, transcending national boundaries, so that five years from now, this will be an international event," he said.
He also took the opportunity to make a call to the producers to produce focusing on quality and to choose the right varieties, "as the climate is taking its toll."
In the exhibition, it was appreciated the typical cultivars of apples in Chile as the Royal Gala, Fuji Raku Raku, Red Delicious, Granny Smith and Pink Lady. In addition, new varieties were presented, such as Jugala Galaval, Brookfield, Fuji Raku Raku and Jeromine, corresponding to improved clones.
Antonio Walker, president of the association of fruit producers in the region (Fruseptima), appreciated the importance for this area to have the Pomaexpo fair, showing fruit produced in the Maule Region. "We are seeing many clones and new varieties produced here, which facilitates decision-making to the producers from the Region. Likewise, he highlighted the work of the Pomes Center which has done so much in so little time," he said.
Likewise, the executive director of EQonsulting, and also a speaker at the event, Isabel Quiroz, referred to the new varieties. In her opinion, these cultivars "are the ones required for Chile in terms of innovation and to increase its competitiveness."
"Laboratory research dies if not shown or published, and for this event to achieve this is of vital importance for the need of the country to replace the varieties in order to be competitive, like in previous years," he said.
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