An impressive array of bitter gourd diversity is ready to expand the narrow genetic base of this valuable cucurbit crop in Asia.
Noble Seeds (India) organized Bitter Gourd Field Days from 25 November to 5 December 2017 in Bangalore. The event showcased 180 hybrids using WorldVeg lines in field trials along with commercial checks.
After two years of testing cucurbit lines in Myanmar, the Department of Agriculture Research organized a Cucurbit Open Field Day on 7 September 2017 to showcase WorldVeg improved bitter gourd and pumpkin lines.
The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) cucurbit team proudly displayed 400 bitter gourd breeding lines plus another 400 bitter gourd F1 hybrids and early stage products of recurrent selection during Bitter Gourd Open Field Days from 14-30 August 2017 at the World Vegetable Center East and Southeast Asia Research and Training Station, located on the campus of Kasetsart University in Kamphaeng Saen, Thailand.
(left to right) Ajay Dayal (Product Development Manager of Rasi HyVeg Seed), M Anil (Rasi HyVeg Gourd Breeder) and WorldVeg Cucurbit Breeder Narinder Dhillon select F1 bitter gourd hybrids in the field.
After the sequencing of the cucumber (Cucumis sativus), watermelon (Citrullus lanatus), and melon (Cucumis melo) genomes, bitter gourd became the fourth cucurbit species whose whole genome was sequenced. However, a comprehensive analysis of simple sequence repeats (SSRs) in bitter gourd, including a comparison with the three aforementioned cucurbit species, has not yet been published. We identified a total of 188,091 and 167,160 SSR motifs in the genomes of the bitter gourd lines ‘Dali-11’ and ‘OHB3-1,’ respectively. The SSR content, motif lengths, and classified motif types were characterized for the bitter gourd genomes and compared among all the cucurbit genomes.
Read this feedback about WorldVeg bitter gourd hybrid AVBG1601 (released as ‘NBH-Figo’ by Noble Seeds Pvt. Ltd) from Kamal Kumar Yadav, a vegetable breeder with Noble...
Early staminate flowering monoecious lines have potential as pollenizers for gynoecious hybrid bitter gourd cultivars
This study evaluated a diverse collection of bitter gourd germplasm to identify early staminate flowering monoecious lines for blending with predominantly gynoecious hybrids or gynoecious open pollinated cultivars to provide the pollen necessary for fruit set.