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Scholarship to unlock mystery around Pink Lady apples

The inaugural John Cripps Horticulture Scholarship in Western Australia is set to pave the way to new, tasty apple varieties.

PhD student Golam Azam has been awarded the $150,000 scholarship, named in honour of the renowned WA breeder of the Pink Lady apple.

Agriculture and Food minister Jackie Jarvis said this research will help develop more varieties of WA’s already fresh apple.

“People all over the world enjoy the fresh crisp taste of apple varieties developed in WA’s South West and this cutting edge research, which is supported by the State Government, will help develop more varieties for consumers to enjoy,” said Jarvis.

“I congratulate scholarship recipient Golam Azam, who brings a wealth of prior knowledge and experience to his PhD studies.”

The innovative work also reduces apple breeding costs and fast tracks improved and more profitable apple varieties.

Mr Azam will undertake his PhD studies at The University of Western Australia, where he will be mentored by experts from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD).

Western Australia is home to the Australian National Apple Breeding Program, based at DPIRD’s Manjimup Horticulture Research Institute, which has a nursery of more than 50,000 seedlings.

The scholarship is funded by royalties from horticulture varieties developed by the State.

The initiative has been endorsed by the Cripps family and John’s daughters, Alwyne Parker and Dr Helen Cripps.

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