Submitted to: Journal of Genetics and Breeding
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: January 31, 2001
Publication Date: January 31, 2001
Citation: Ledbetter, C.A., Palmquist, D.E. Evaluation of advanced almond (Prunus amygdalus Batsch) selections relative to the commercial almond cultivars Mission, Nonpareil and Padre. I. Bloom characteristics. Journal of Genetics and Breeding. 2002. v. 56. p. 43-49. Interpretive Summary: California's 1.1 billion dollar almond industry is dependent upon bees to cross-pollenize the 450,000+ acres of trees each year. Climatic factors can cause problems with bees and affect the annual yield of almonds. The use of specific almond varieties to optimize cross-pollenization can benefit in boosting annual nut yield. Almond selections from a breeding program have been evaluated for their specific capacity to match bloom periods and become effective pollenizers for important almond varieties. Several almond selections were identified that effectively pollenize the important Nonpareil variety. The development and utilization of new and efficient pollenizers for Nonpareil will ensure that yield will not be limited by problems during the bloom period.