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Young Scientist Roundtable: Invention of the Honeycrisp Apple


Classes - Youth / STEM -
Youth Classes Fall 2022

Apple breeding at the University of MN has been ongoing since 1908 and has produced 28 varieties of apples including the Honeycrisp. The Honeycrisp, Minnesota’s state fruit, has become a global phenomenon and is considered to be one of the most profitable apples to grow in the world.

Join us as Dr. Luby shares the Honeycrisp story, the science that led to the creation of this unique apple, and how taste testing propelled it to be such a sensational success story. You’ll also learn how plant breeders develop new apple varieties that are adapted to our region, providing delicious fruit for consumers and apple processors for years to come.

**This event is free and open to students, parents & guardians, and community members.**


Dr. Luby received his B.S. in Agronomy-Crop Science from Purdue University in 1978 and Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics from the University of Minnesota in 1982. Luby is a Professor in the Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota where he has directed research in fruit crops breeding and genetics since 1982. The emphasis of this program is to develop new varieties that combine a satisfying eating experience for the consumer with cold hardiness and disease resistance. His research aims to determine the inheritance of these traits and identify important genetic loci and DNA markers for use in DNA-informed breeding. Under his direction, the University of Minnesota fruit crops breeding program has introduced and commercialized 28 cultivars of apples, wine grapes, blueberries, strawberries, and other fruits. 


In partnership with: Anoka-Hennepin School District, Eden Prairie Public Schools, Edina Public Schools, Hopkins Schools, Lakeville Area Public Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools, Minnetonka Public Schools, Orono Public Schools, Osseo Area Schools, and Wayzata Public Schools. 

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YSR-NOVEMBER 30-22
Central Campus - Wayzata Central Middle School CMS : Auditorium Foyer
Wednesday, Nov 30
7:00 - 8:00 PM

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