UF Breeders Recognized with Fruit Cultivar Award

The January 2013 issue of HortScience lists a 25-year summary of outstanding fruits bred and recognizes the scientists that invented them.

‘Flordaprince’ peach and ‘Sharpblue’ blueberry won the award – both were the groundbreaking cultivars that enabled production of commercial quality peach and blueberry fruit in Florida.  These were the first successful low-chill cultivars released from the respective programs, and were the trailblazers for what is now a worldwide industry based on Florida-developed genetics.

“Flordaprince” peach was developed by Drs. Wayne Sherman, Paul Lyrene, Ralph Sharpe, John Mortensen.  The “Sharpblue” blueberry was developed by Drs. Ralph Sharpe and Wayne Sherman

These examples are representative of how our faculty have re-written the rules in fruit breeding leading to great varieties with significant US and international impact.

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