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Testing of pit fruit cultivars for organic growing


In this project, resilient apple and pear varieties are evaluated on their suitability for organic farming and the organic market. This is a two-step evaluation: Exact trials at FiBL in two processes (1. standard plant protection with thinning the leaves and 2. reduced plant protection without thinning the leaves). Varieties that look promising to the "variety team" (breeders, variety testers, producers, trade and final sale) will be further evaluated on three to four organic fruit farms (ca. 2000-3000 trees per variety), including storage behaviour and acceptance by consumers. Should this hurdle be overcome too, the variety will be recommended for wider organic agricultural production.

Financing/ Donor
  • Coop
  • BLW
Project partners
  • Agroscope
  • Poma Culta
  • div. Züchter
  • VariCom
  • Produzenten
  • Obsthandel
  • Coop
FiBL project leader/ contact
FiBL project staff (people who are not linked are former FiBL employees)
Research area
  • Crop Protection - Phytopathology (Department of Crop Sciences)
  • Cultivation Technique Fruit & Wine crops (Department of Crop Sciences)
  • Entomology & Agroecology (Department of Crop Sciences)
  • Plant Breeding (Department of Crop Sciences)
  • Training (Department of Extension, Training and Communication)
FiBL project number 15012
Date modified 12.11.2019