Of the Ribes fruits, blackcurrant (R. nigrum) is the primary concern at SCRI, but a small amount of breeding effort is placed on gooseberry (R. grossularia), focusing on the hand-picked and amateur markets. The Institute holds a small but wide range of germplasm, including interspecific hybrids.
The objectives and priorities within gooseberry breeding are:
Two gooseberry hybrids from an open-pollinated seedling population of (Leveller x EM 136-2) are currently under assessment at SCRI and in trials at the Royal Horticultural Society.
You can see details of these new gooseberries.