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Perspective|01 Feb 2023|OPEN
Strategies for fast breeding and improvement of Actinidia species
Dinum Herath1,2 ,† , Tianchi Wang1 ,† , Charlotte Voogd1 , Yongyan Peng1,2 , Mikaela Douglas1 and Joanna Putterill2 , Erika Varkonyi-Gasic1 , , Andrew C. Allan,1,2 ,
1The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited (Plant & Food Research) Mt Albert, Private Bag 92169, Auckland Mail Centre, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
2School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand
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Both authors contributed equally to the study.

Horticulture Research 10,
Article number: uhad016 (2023)
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Received: 13 Nov 2022
Accepted: 26 Jan 2023
Published online: 01 Feb 2023


Ensuring food security for a rapidly growing world population will need new approaches. These include speed breeding and new breeding technologies, which have been established for major staple crops. Improvement of woody perennial fruit tree species has progressed at a much slower pace and has met many obstacles. Yet fruit production will face major challenges with climate change, such as the loss of winter chilling needed for flowering, a potential decrease in pollinator availability, and increasing pest and disease problems.