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Australia2016

Messagepar citrange » 26 Nov 2016, 21:37

I have recently returned from a month in Australia looking for all the six native varieties of citrus.
Not so adventurous as Sylvain's PNG adventure, but I did have to go to a local hospital to have a tick cut out of my chest, and one morning a 'rarely fatal' snake tried to join my picnic. Otherwise all went well!
Take a look at http://www.homecitrusgrowers.co.uk/australia2016/australia2016.html and then the links at the bottom of that page. There are probably some first edition errors - let me know. Questions or comments welcome.
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Re: Australia2016

Messagepar Halcyon » 26 Nov 2016, 22:15

Thank you for the link, this is very interesting.
The correction about the cold hardiness of citrus glauca is important but very disapointing !
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Re: Australia2016

Messagepar Sylvain » 27 Nov 2016, 00:45

Hi Mike, you made a nice and successful trip there!
Congratulation!
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Re: Australia2016

Messagepar mikkel » 03 Déc 2016, 13:36

Hi Mike,

thanks for sharing your trip! Have you any news from Bundaberg concerning breeding with C.wakonai they do there?
Found a poster about C.glauca x C wakonai hybrids from Bundaberg. Very interesting!

Thank you!
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Re: Australia2016

Messagepar citrange » 03 Déc 2016, 18:01

Yes, I spent a very interesting day in the research centre in Bundaberg.
They have the original C. wakonai collected from PNG and very many interesting hybrids with citrus and close relatives.
Apparently, C. wakonai crosses so easily they jokingly call it 'the whore'!
But all these plants and their seeds were jealously guarded and they refuse to distribute any. They were quite happy to give me anything else, but not if it contained wakonai genes. They think that wakonai may have significant commercial potential in terms of citrus disease resistance.
It's a great pity because they had hybrids with interesting, ornamental fruit - some of which I don't think had ever been tasted. But they are simply not interested in them from this viewpoint, only the ability to transfer disease resistance to commercial varieties.
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Re: Australia2016

Messagepar mikkel » 03 Déc 2016, 19:12

This sounds indeed mouthwatering... Two years ago I had contact with Bundaberg asking for some information about their breeding program. They replied very kind but strictly exclude any spread of it without being asked for :)
They said it is due to an intellectual property agreements with PNG. Interesting it has some disease resistance beside the precocious flower trait which makes it very valueable by itself.
So it seems they gave up to breed for fruit quality. 2 years ago it sounds already like they gave up any hope for good fruit quality in hybrids.
Anyway if there is any outcome of it they will release it sometime...
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