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Initial post 21 APR by CybeRose
RHA Newsletter 7(4): 9 (Winter 1976)
George Langdale
Mr. E. F. Allen, President of the R.N.R.S ., spoke at Oxford on ''Long Shots in Rose Breeding" and of his own work in preparing a breeding strategy. He told of his results to date using the species rose Rosa Bella and mentioned that he had some repeat flowering, disease resistant F1 seedlings from Rosa Bella x Flamenco. He suggested that more amateur rose breeders should follow his strategy of using species in an effort to breed 'new blood' and better disease resistance into garden roses for the future. He said that another good species rose to try is Rosa Davidii. Both Rosa Bella and Rosa Davidii are tetraploids, but he suggested that when using species diploids with floribundas or hybrid teas, the chosen variety should be the seed parent crossed with the species rose. He did emphasize, however, that breeding with species is a long-term programme.
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