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.