The Texas A&M Stone Fruit Breeding Program works to evaulate stone fruit cultivar performance in order to make recommendations to growers in low and medium chill growing zones.We work to develop superior early-ripening, low and medium-chill stone fruit cultivars to replace marginal commercial cultivars and to extend the harvest seasons in mild winter regions throughout the world. The program utilizes the techniques of embryo rescue to germinate the seeds of early ripening genotypes and we continuously conduct research to improve the sucess rate of this procedure.
The major germplasm groups of peaches, plums, and apricots are being characterized using RAPD, isozyme, and morphological polymorphisms to study genetic relationships among these groups and their progenitor species.
Quantitative traits of peaches are being studied for their genetic inheritance.
We are involved in cooperative efforts in mild winter regions of North America, South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia to evaluate germplasm and to cooperate on hybridization efforts.