Plant & Food Research’s Pipfruit breeding programme has been running for more than 60 years. Pictured above is an as yet unnamed pear variety simply called PremP109, a new potential cultivar recently expanded into commercial production through PREVAR and AIGN.
Plant & Food Research has around unique 80 pears trees like PremP109 within our Motueka research orchard, and more planted in at our Hawke’s Bay site. Promising new varieties bred on our research orchards are trialled with local growers as a means of researching how they act within a commercial orchard environment. The photo above shows fruit just before harvest. PremP109 fruit from this property and another are being exported for the second year to Asian and Europe and are currently fetching good returns for the growers.