Plants, Soils, and Climate
Utah State University Student Showcase; Research on Capitol Hill (Utah)
Undergraduate Research & Creative Opportunities (URCO)
Utah fruit growers have shown interest in chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) as an alternative crop that has low requirements for water and soil fertility. Consumers want native fruits like chokecherry that are healthy and taste good. Currently, the limiting factor in developing a chokecherry industry in Utah is the ability to propagate large numbers of plants for orchard establishment. Chokecherries are difficult to propagate by traditional means because of their low rooting percentages. Plant numbers can be increased in tissue culture but methods are lacking for efficiently inducing roots and acclimating tissue culture plantlets. We are also working on other propagation methods including mound layering, a technique currently used to propagate apple rootstocks. Finding the most efficient propagation method for chokecherry will overcome the last hurdle in developing a new fruit crop uniquely adapted to Utah.
Crook, Jeremy R., "Propagation and Growth of Chokecherry (Prunus virginaiana) as an Alternative, Water-wise, Fruit Crop for the Intermountain West" (2010). Browse All Undergraduate research. Paper 2.