Some of the old heritage fruit varieties survive - mainly quince, pear and apple.
In supermarkets only a limited range of commercial fruit varieties is available to consumers.
The focus of research in this company was mainly in the development of new fruit varieties and other food products.
If it works, he said, the first commercial fruit varieties resistant to tomato ringspot virus could be available to farmers in several years.
Thomas Laxton was also well known for breeding numerous fruit varieties, (apples and strawberries in particular).
In 1887, the program was broadened to include work on beef cattle, swine, and evaluation of fruit varieties.
For example many seedless fruit varieties are seedless as a result of polyploidy.
It is not really worth saving seeds from F1 hybrids or from most fruit varieties as these rarely reproduce true to type.
We should not allow the abundance of local fruit varieties to be diminished.
However, in 1865 Hardy created a school dedicated to the development of new fruit varieties using improved techniques, more greenhouses and sheltered areas.