The Cornell Apple Breeding Program
I just came across this piece on ScienceDaily about the Cornell apple breeding program and its breeder, Dr. Susan Brown. Susan a former colleague of mine and a really nice woman, and she runs a pretty cool program. The New York State apple breeding program has been around for a long, long while, and it's had lots of successes: probably the one the most people see regularly is 'Jonagold' (which, following a rather disappointingly unoriginal naming scheme that appears to have had a run of popularity, is a cross of 'Jonathan' and 'Golden Delicious'), but there are many other commercially successful apples to come out of it as well. 'Empire' is a long time favorite of mine that I sometimes see in stores (though not nearly as much now that I don't live in New York), and 'Macoun' and 'Cortland' are well known in their own niches as well. ('Liberty' is popular in some circles for its disease resistance, though I have to say it never really impressed me in terms of eating quality).
Anyway, I'm always pleased to see fruit breeders popping up in the media, especially ones I know.
The Time is Ripe For An Apple That Tastes Like Berries And One That Doesn't Brown (ScienceDaily)
(Speaking of fruit breeders in the media, look for yours truly on the Food Network sometime in the near future!)