Ministry of Agriculture
All-Russian Horticulturae Michurin Institute
|1st Virtual International Scientific conference on Lonicera caerulea L.|
B. Bors Breeding of Lonicera caerulea L. for Saskatchewan and CanadaOnly the University of Saskatchewan is breeding blue honeysuckles in Canada. Our goal is to develop cultivars adapted to mechanical harvesting and processing. We are interbreeding lines from Russia, Japan, and the Kuril Islands to bring together traits desirable for mechanization. Russian germplasm is most valuable for uniform ripening, early fruiting, and easy to detach fruit, but fruit is often tubular shaped and small. Japanese germplasm has heavier, more rounded fruit but usually is hard to detach and ripens unevenly. Kurile Island fruits can be large and round but these accessions have low productivity but have good disease resistance. Good flavour is very important, but can be found all 3 germplasm pools above.