Peach and Nectarine
Michigan Peach and Nectarine Industry Research Priorities
Michigan Peach Sponsors
Revised November 2017
Ongoing, aggressive breeding and new variety evaluation program for new peach varieties.
- Evaluation of new insect management products and strategies, including pheromone disruption, application technology. Insects of particular concern are: western flower thrip, San Jose scale, peach borer, oriental fruit moth, tarnished plant bug, and brown marmorated stink bug.
- Determine significance of spotted wing drosophila to the wholesale and direct market peach industry.
- Develop better bacterial spot and brown rot management strategies for peaches, nectarines and apricots.
- Increased tree longevity and productivity. Included are better tree establishment, tree training, better rootstock, and disease management strategies.
Also important - not listed in order of priority
- Identify, regulate and reduce virus, phytoplasma, and viroid problems in Michigan stone fruit farms. Strategies are needed to keep breeding material and budwood orchards free of contamination, and a systematic program is needed to reduce endemic virus problems in peach commercial orchards.
- Determine processing characteristics for both melting and non-melting peach varieties.