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Delightful organic apple

Title OriginalBio-Apfel mit Genuss - Qualitativ hochwertige, gesunde und im Anbau robuste Apfelsorten für den biologisch-dynamischen und biologischen Anbau

Apple are a popular fruit, they promote health and are the most produced fruit in Switzerland. However, in order to produce them economically and sustainably under organic conditions, new and robust varieties are needed. Conventionally bred varieties are generally only resistant against scab and fire blight. For organic farming, further resistance against diseased and physiological disturbances like sooty blotch, Marssonina, Gloeosporium or biennial bearing is very important. Breeding a new apple variety is cost- and labour-intensive, and takes many years. This project will scientifically support the biodynamic breeding initiative Poma Culta and lead it into the future.
This is done with modern and efficient breeding methods and selection techniques. This includes a scientifically sound parental selection, a selection of the offspring with the help of modern diagnostic technologies as well as creating a system to increase faster .interesting breeding numbers. Another important part of the project is the development of an international variety testing for promising varieties.

Financing/ Donor
  • Biopartner Schweiz AG, Seon
  • Bio Suisse, Basel
  • Bundesamt für Landwirtschaft, Bern
(Research) Program
  • Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) – Research, training and innovation
  • Further programmes
Project partners
  • Poma Culta (Züchter Niklaus Bolliger), Hessigkofen
  • Maart Vandewall, biodynamische Apfelzüchtung, Niederlande
FiBL project leader/ contact
FiBL project staff (people who are not linked are former FiBL employees)
Role of FiBL

Projektleitung, Projektpartner

Research area
  • Crop Protection - Phytopathology (Department of Crop Sciences)
  • Cultivation Technique Fruit & Wine crops (Department of Crop Sciences)
FiBL project number 20039
Date modified 12.11.2019