We are targeting new variety development for hardiness, yield, taste, ease of harvest, and insect and disease resistance. These are but some of the many traits plant breeders seek out when trying to identify new varieties from the myriad of potential new seedlings. One promising new variety can be found in a population of tens of thousands of possible new candidates. One exceptional new variety can be identified from a population of hundreds of thousands of possible candidates. The search for new varieties is an endeavour composed of 25% applied genetics, backbreaking labour, methodical and meticulous observation and 75% passion. Phytocultures has established a variety selection plot in an effort to further the identification of new Haskap varieties for North Eastern climates specifically. We work with Haskap plant breeding researchers in an attempt to aid their continuing search for exceptional new Haskap varieties. Our variety identification block is available for visits by requesting an appointment. Please note that performance may vary under different climatic conditions during the establishment years of a new plantation.
In our development of new variety types, we are attempting to select varieties of berries that can withstand the rigours of mechanical harvesting and still be sold as fresh berries. In one selection process we are attempting to identify berries that have a round rather than elongated shape.