April 18, 2013 | Vol. 116 -- No. 52

Bringing a new apple to stores everywhere

Today there are lots of options in the grocery store when it comes to apples, from the traditional varieties like Jonathan and McIntosh to newer varieties like Honeycrisp and Jazz.

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Where do all these new varieties come from? The answer is that there are horticulturalists always at work doing the labor necessary to breed better apples that span a wide gamut of qualities. These days that means scientific breeding done at agricultural research and extension centers.

Recently I met with Prof. Kate Evans of Washington State University. Evans breeds apples for the growing conditions of central...

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