Horticulture

Horticulture

Kentville RDC develops new cultivated varieties of small fruits (e.g., strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and grapes) and studies crop physiology to optimize primary production techniques, increase yields and minimize losses. A multidisciplinary approach is used to study crop disease and pests in a period of changing climate and intensive production, and to reduce chemical inputs.

Successful solutions

  • Released AAC Eden, a new summer fruiting red raspberry with excellent fruit size, firmness, flavor and market life.

  • Developed controlled atmosphere technologies to extend storage life of apples and small fruit.

  • Developed protocols for the use of a rapid and non-destructive light-based harvest maturity model (DA meter) on high value cultivars such as Honeycrisp, Ambrosia, Sonya and SweeTango.

  • Identified Honeycrisp apple as a cultivar well-suited to the maritime climate. Honeycrisp now comprises more than 10% of the ~$14 million apple crop in Nova Scotia.

  • Released and commercialized new apple (Evangeline, Orangotang) and pear (Green Lantern) cultivars.