Our research group represents a connection of a basic research, which is based on molecular methods of identification and genetic analysis of scab resistance, with an applied research in which we use our knowledge to breed resistant apple varieties with a commercial potential.
In the basic research we are mainly interested in elucidating of mechanisms of the Riv6 gene mediated resistance as well the its breakdown by new races of V. inaequalis.
was the founder of apple breeding at IEB, that he initiated over 50 years ago with a goal to obtain apple cultivars resistant to scab, the most serious fungal disease of apple. During several generations of breeding, he managed not only to significantly increase tolerance to fungal diseases, but also to improve the growth characteristics, especially shelf-life, good flavor and attractive appearance of his newly bred apple varieties. His apple cultivars are now commercionally grown in dozens countries in five continents.