An investigation of trait prioritization in rosaceous fruit breeding programs

R. Karina Gallardo, Diem Nguyen, Vicki McCracken, Chengyan Yue, James Luby, James R. McFerson

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Abstract

Over 60 rosaceous crop breeding programs exist in North America, but no information has been available on which traits are targeted for selection or how breeders make such decisions. We surveyed all active rosaceous fruit breeding programs in the United States and Canada to determine: 1) the relative importance of over 50 plant traits that breeders select for 2) the likelihood of selection for the most important traits; and 3) the factors influencing breeders' decisions. A double-bounded Tobit model was used to investigate the effect of supply chain parties, technical and socioeconomic challenges, and crop characteristics on the likelihood of selection for trait clusters. We found that consumer-driven forces positively impact the likelihood of selection for traits more than producer forces and a breeder's own experience. Technical factors are as important as socioeconomic factors but less important than market-related factors. Our findings provide the first ever evidence that a socioeconomic approach in specialty crop breeding programs can contribute to an improved understanding of the effects of different supply chain factors on breeding programs' trait priority setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)771-776
Number of pages6
JournalHortScience
Volume47
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2012

Keywords

  • Breeding programs
  • Rosaceous fruit
  • Tobit model

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