Apple trees at the Horticulture Research Center.

MN Impact Video: Apple Breeding

April 1, 2015

DNA markers are a new way for fruit breeders like Jim Luby and David Bedford to create apple varieties with the right mix of traits to be a winner. But at the end of the day, Jim and David are still focused on the taste and texture of any new variety being considered. For more information please watch the video below.

David Bedford Pollinating Apple Trees

David Bedford pollinates apples trees at the Horticultural Research Center in Chaska. Pollinating is one of the first steps to create a potenial new apple variety.  The apple breeding process typically takes 10-30 years from start to finish.