Vol. 6 No. 1 (2000)

Self fertility of pear varieties conditioned by natural self pollination (autogamy)

Published February 23, 2000
J. Nyéki
Debrecen University, Faculty of Agricultural Science (DATE), H-4032 Debrecen, Böszörményi út 138.
M. Soltész
College of Kecskemét, Faculty of Horticulture, H-6001 Kecskemet, Erdei F. tér I.
J. Iváncsics
Veszprém University, Georgicon Faculty of Agricultural Science, H-8361 Keszthely, Festetics u. 7


Nyéki, J., Soltész, M., & Iváncsics, J. (2000). Self fertility of pear varieties conditioned by natural self pollination (autogamy). International Journal of Horticultural Science, 6(1), 110–113. https://doi.org/10.31421/IJHS/6/1/79

Authors studied the autofertility depending on natural self pollination (autogamy) in 59 pear cultivars during 4 seasons at three locations with different ecological conditions (Helvetia, Kecskemet-Kisfai, Keszthely). The aim of the experiments was to determine the autogamous tendencies of varieties hitherto unexplored in the Hungarien gene bank, or to check data found in the literature. A total of 42616 isolated pear flowers produced 1.2% fruits with at least one viable seed in each. The 59 varieties observed did not set fruit by autogamy on either of the three sites during the four years of the study. The triploid (3n=51) varieties were entirely self-sterile. According to the highest autogamous fruit set, during the experimental period, the varieties have been assigned to four groups: (1) Entirely auto-incompatible (0% fruit set), (2) auto-incompatible (0.1 to 0.9%), slightly self fertile (1.1 to 5%) and (4) self fertile (5.1 to 10%). According to the number of viable seeds per fruit resulting from autogamy, the varieties are assigned to three groups as (1) low seed content (less than 3 seeds per fruit), medium (3.1 to 5) and (3) high (more than 5 seeds). Thus, the assessment of the number of seeds per fruit resulting from autogamy is indispensable as a proof of the absence of parthenocarpy.


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