Tree Fruits

Our experts support the industry through the development of successful new varieties, cutting edge horticultural practices and disease and pest management knowledge.

Cornell AgriTech is world renowned for its apple breeding program and has released 66 apple varieties including famous varieties such as Empire, Ruby Frost and Jonagold. Apples are developed with New York climate, disease and pest conditions in mind as well as consumer and growers needs.

We support the health of tree fruit industries by getting out in front of disease and pest conditions through innovative research and the development of practical solutions that help growers thrive.

 

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Our tree fruit experts

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Peter Jentsch

Extension Associate, Sr.; HVRL Station Director

Cornell AgriTech

Hudson Valley Research Laboratory

Entomology

Peter Jentsch
Srdjan Acimovic
Srdjan Acimovic

Senior Extension Associate

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Hudson Valley Research Laboratory

Cornell AgriTech

Srdjan Acimovic
Plant pathogen biology, ecology, and population dynamics
Tree fruit disease management
Fire blight
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Arthur Agnello

Professor

Entomology

Cornell AgriTech

Arthur Agnello
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Susan Brown

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Cornell AgriTech

Susan Brown
Plant breeding (apples)
Marker-assisted breeding
Terence Robinson
Terence Robinson

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Cornell AgriTech

Terence Robinson
Orchard production systems
Crop load and canopy management
Fruit tree physiology
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Jan Nyrop

Professor

Entomology

Goichman Family Director

Cornell AgriTech

Jan Nyrop
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Marc Fuchs

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Cornell AgriTech

Marc Fuchs
Virus diseases of fruit and vegetable crops
Grape viruses
Plant virus-insect vector interactions
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Kerik Cox

Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Cornell AgriTech

Kerik Cox
Orchard fungal ecology
Fungicide resistance
Pesticide stewardship, fruit pathology
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Kenong Xu

Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Cornell AgriTech

Kenong Xu
Tree fruit genomics
Apple gene regulatory networks
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Awais Khan

Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Cornell AgriTech

Awais Khan
Mechanisms of host disease resistance in apples; particularly to fire blight and apple scab
Quantitative genetics, genomics, genetic diversity, and pre-breeding
Rapid disease detection, pathogen identification, and high-throughput phenotyping tools

Grower resources

A journal published four times a year by the N.Y. State Horticultural Society, Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, and the N.Y. State Apple Research and Development Program.

A weekly update on pest management and crop development published from March to September by Cornell AgriTech with assistance Cornell Cooperative Extension.

The National GAPs Program provides training on the prevention of food-borne illnesses outbreaks through sound farming and produce handling practices.

Cornell's fruit production resources, including information on production, IPM, post harvest handling and food safety, wine and other value-added products, business and labor management, and marketing.