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1999 paper in Acta Horticulturae on three new Canadian apples, Silken, Creston and Chinook, with co-authors Quamme, R.M. MacDonald, Lane and K.O. Lapins. The recognition of Lapins’ earlier

contributions (he retired from the Summerland centre in 1975) illustrates the lengthy time and cooperation among scientists at various stages in their careers required for the development of new varieties.

Hampson considers developing scientific protocol for small group sensory panels to be among her major contributions.

“A new variety must be better tasting to even be in the competition,” she said.

The challenge was to be able to screen large numbers of varieties using a small amount of fruit to determine the best quality fruit for subsequent large scale consumer testing.

Hampson worked closely with Margaret Cliff, who heads the sensory and consumer research program in Summerland.

“Cheryl’s passion was to breed and

select an apple with superior quality and storage characteristics—this she did! In her tenure at Summerland, she released new apple (Aurora Golden Gala, Salish) and cherry (Suite Note) cultivars, and has several more selections that are expected to be released shortly,” Cliff said. This spring Hampson was presented with an Award of Merit by the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association for her decades of work crossing and selecting new apple varieties. BCFGA general manager Glen Lucas said her “focus and consistency has been very good for filling the pipeline with many promising new varieties, as well as completing the work on varieties released during her tenure, including the Aurora Golden Gala, Nicola and Salish apples and Starblush and Suite Note cherries,” Hampson’s other significant accomplishments include work on inheritance of resistance to apple scab and fire blight diseases and blossom thinning for Ambrosia and Aurora Golden Gala.

She served as editor for the Journal of the American Pomological Society and associate editor of the Canadian

Journal of Plant Science. Some sources of Hampson’s greatest satisfaction have been what she has done in the background, such as nominating Kappel and associates for the Gold Harvest Award, an in- house Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada award, which was presented in 2006.

Also among her background contributions was her role in establishing apple variety tests in Ontario through collaboration with Ontario Apple Growers and in Quebec with RECUPOM.

This work was done in the early stages of the Agri-Innovation Program involving grower testing of varieties across the country. “Another highlight for me was working with Jim Campbell and Ken Haddrell to come up with new ways to market apples,” she said. As a caution against premature hope and recognition of the necessity of critical science, Hampson kept a Murphy’s law posted in her office. “A failure will not appear till a unit has passed final inspection.” Hampson’s work has passed final inspection with flying colours.


British Columbia FRUIT GROWER • Summer 2016

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