‚ÄčThe Plant Improvement research focus area focuses on the adaptability and suitability of imported as well as locally derived scions and rootstocks.The breeding programmes are particularly outstanding and has led to a number of cultivars released to benefit the local farmers. Notable examples are the Eureka Seedless Lemon TM, the mango cultivars Heidi and Joa, the Guava Wilt resistant rootstock TS-G2, the Bounty avocado rootstock, and the recently released citrus cultivars Valley Gold, African Sunset and Sonet.

Biotechnology and tissue culture techniques support these breeding developments.

For further information on research projects currently undertaken by the Plant Improvement division, contact Arthur Sippel at E-mail: infoitsc@arc.agric.za