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Re: [nafex] bug resistant apple?

I've been looking for apples resistant to insects, particularly codling
moth, for years.  So far I have found some that get less codling moth, but
none that are free of it.  In a lot of cases, it turns out that the variety
only works in a mixed orchard - the insects just prefer the other types and
leave the one alone, as long as there are other apples to go to.  Plant the
"resistant" one by itself so the insects have no choice and it will get
them.  Even so, such types are worth collecting as they may give us clues to
types that are REALLY resistant.  Hang onto it Ward, or make sure lots of
folks have it to test and preserve.
-Lon Rombough
>From: "Ward Barnes" <ward_p_barnes@hotmail.com>
>To: nafex@egroups.com
>Subject: [nafex] bug resistant apple?
>Date: Thu, Jul 20, 2000, 9:54 AM

>Hi everyone:
>In my orchard of some 50 apple trees I have one that over the past 3 years 
>has had no or very few worm or other bug damage even in years (like this one 
>in which I did not spray) that the other apples are hit very hard.  This is 
>my wife's favorite eating apple and is not a bad cooking apple either.  The 
>variety is unknown to me as this was a fully developed orchard prior to me 
>purchasing the property.  Can this be a bug resistant apple and can the 
>properties be transferred to established trees (I don't see how) or perhaps 
>onto rootstock to establish a more reduced labor organic orchard?
>Ward Barnes
>Coastal Zone 7
>Middlesex County, VA.
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