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  • UGA Pecan Breeding Program - Established 1998
    UGA Pecan Breeding Program - Established 1998
  • Developing Cultivars Adapted for the Southeastern U.S.
    Developing Cultivars Adapted for the Southeastern U.S.

UGA Pecan Breeding Method

Potential new cultivars are selected on the basis of large nut size, good cracking and shelling characteristics, early nut maturity, light colored kernels, and a cluster size small enough to ensure adequate filling. Resistance or tolerance to major insect and disease pests, especially pecan scab, are also major goals.

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Patrick J. ConnerProfessor; Areas of Interest: Pecan breeding
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New Pecan Entomologist

Most pressing pest problems for Georgia pecan producers include black and yellow pecan aphids, pecan weevils and ambrosia beetles.

UGA Inventor

Sparks is responsible for the release of eight patented pecan cultivars


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