Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

Breeding for resistance to fire blight.

Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of the evaluation of species and cultivar fire blight (Erwinia amylovora) susceptibility (including fruit scion and rootstock cultivars of apples and pears, and ornamentals including Cotoneaster, Pyracantha and Crataegus); breeding programmes (particularly inoculum development, pear scion breeding programmes, apple scion breeding programmes, rootstock breeding, ornamental breeding, somaclonal variation and mutation breeding); and breeding strategies (e.g. plant exploration, progeny size determination, selection of parents, and succession of crosses).