A regional project joining over 50 scientists in the United States and Canada was established in 1994, specifically to evaluate new apple cultivars. Promising new cultivars are evaluated for insect and disease susceptibility, horticultural characteristics, and organoleptic qualities over a wide range of climatic conditions. The goals of the project are to identify new superior cultivars and regions or climates that are most ideally suited to grow the better cultivars. Nearly 50 selections from breeding programs, chance seedlings, and mutations have been or currently are under evaluation. To date, no such regional projects have been organized for other tree fruit.
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