Pg. 50 Promising Phase I Selections in the Litchi Breeding Programme

Evaluation of Phase I seedlings in the litchi breeding programme was carried out in orchards planted in 1990/91 at Friedenheim Experimental Farm Nelspruit. These seedlings (2 000) are the progeny of open-pollinated HLH Mauritius, Brewster and Fay Zee Siu trees. During the past season 50 seedlings produced fruit and therefore evaluation on various characteristics could be done. The seedlings were evaluated for exterior and interior characteristics, harvesting time, yield, morphological properties and interior quality.

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