Good breeding makes for great fruit

 

Ksenija Gasic: The peach breeding program at Clemson University is trying to improve the quality and disease resistance of existing cultivars and bring some new, interesting traits that would benefit our consumers and growers. We are trying to improve the disease resistance to help our growers grow the peaches and our consumers having healthier fruit. I am working actually on two diseases, one is bacterial spot and the one is brown rot. Brown rot, that is an ongoing problem in the whole world and especially in the humid climate. Our growers have to start to spray since bloom time and keep it until harvest, because if they do not, the fruit will rot and they will lose the whole crop. We are also looking at the nutritional properties of the peaches that are already grown in South Carolina to help our growers market their fruit and be more competitive.