Hazelnut breeding in the National Dendrological Park “Sofiyivka” of the NAS of Ukraine





breeding, cultivar, natural area of genus, hybridization programme, nut, species


Purpose. To evaluate hazelnut cultivars, species and hybrids from the genetic collection of Corylus spp. in the National Dendrological Park “Sofiyivka” of the NAS of Ukraine for the complex of economic characters. An attempt has been made to analyze the information on Corylus spp. identity, taxonomy and description, dissemination and ecological requirements of the species, possibilities to use the genetic potential for developing new cultivars.

Methods. The value of the Corylus spp. collection representatives was investigated using conventional testing procedures. For summarizing information concerning phylogenetic reconstruction of the Corylus L. genus and hazelnut, a number of scientific publications to be proposed for discussion was analyzed. The oil content in hazelnut kernels and the fatty acid composition was determined using official methods.

Results. The best samples of hazelnut genetic collection were included into the broad hybridization programme, and C. chinensis Franch. representatives as well. A number of hybrid seedlings was obtained including new hazelnut cultivars ‘Sofiyivsky 1’, ‘Sofiyivsky 2’ and ‘Sofiyivsky 15’ which were characterized by spherical or almost spherical fruits, high winter hardiness and drought resistance, as well as the absence of rhythmicity in fruiting.

Conclusions. The collection of varieties, forms, cultivars and species of the Corylus L. genus created during the last years can be the base for hazelnut breeding in Ukraine.

Author Biographies

І. С. Косенко, National Dendrological Park “Sofiyivka”of the NAS of Ukraine

Ivan Kosenko

А. І. Опалко, National Dendrological Park “Sofiyivka”of the NAS of Ukraine

Anatolii Opalko

Uman National University of Horticulture

О. А. Балабак, National Dendrological Park “Sofiyivka”of the NAS of Ukraine

Oleksandr Balabak

О. А. Опалко, National Dendrological Park “Sofiyivka”of the NAS of Ukraine

Olga Opalko

А. В. Балабак, Uman National University of Horticulture

Alla Balabak


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How to Cite

Косенко, І. С., Опалко, А. І., Балабак, О. А., Опалко, О. А., & Балабак, А. В. (2017). Hazelnut breeding in the National Dendrological Park “Sofiyivka” of the NAS of Ukraine. Plant Varieties Studying and Protection, 13(3), 245–251. https://doi.org/10.21498/2518-1017.13.3.2017.110706