The Apricot Breeding Programme among Some Turkish and Foreign Cultivars

Bircan M., Pinar H., Yilmaz C., Yildiz A., Kargi S. P., Kaska N.

14th International Symposium on Apricot Breeding and Culture, Matera, Italy, 16 - 20 June 2008, vol.862, pp.103-107 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 862
  • City: Matera
  • Country: Italy
  • Page Numbers: pp.103-107
  • Çukurova University Affiliated: Yes


The aim of this study was to breed new table apricot varieties by hybridization among Turkish and foreign apricot cultivars. Alyanak, Sakit-1, Sakit-2, Sakit-6, 07K11 local cultivars and Cafona, Canino, Fracasso, J. Foulon and P. de Colomer foreign cultivars were used in the breeding programme. The breeding programme started in 1989; 4173 hybrids were obtained. 370 genotypes were selected from all hybrids combinations. In 1995, the evaluation phase was achieved. Five new apricot varieties were registered as Dr. Kaska, Cagataybey, Cagribey, Sahinbey and Alatayildizi. Dr. Kaska has juicy and freestone fruits. Its fruits are sweet and aromatic. Cagataybey is freestone and its fruit is juicy, aromatic and more coloured. Cagribey is freestone, juicy and aromatic. Alatayildizi is also freestone and has good fruit quality. Sahinbey has a late harvest date.