OUR GOAL: Produce varieties that extend the boundaries of tropical vegetable production
The Center’s improved varieties make a major contribution to vegetable production for the poor. They yield well, are resistant to diseases, highly nutritious and adapted to the tropics.
Major breeding successes include the development of high-yielding, heat-tolerant tomatoes and brassicas, which has improved profitability of these crops in the tropics, and the development of multiple disease resistance in tomatoes, peppers, cucurbits, onions, mungbean, soybean, and eggplant. The Center’s improved mungbean varieties revolutionized the industry, and are planted on millions of hectares throughout Asia.
The Center’s high beta-carotene tomatoes provide 3 to 6 times as much vitamin A as normal tomatoes, so that a single tomato provides a person’s daily vitamin A needs. Processing tomatoes are being bred for high lycopene and high solids content, jointless pedicel, and concentrated fruit set.
The Center currently has active breeding programs in tomato, sweet pepper, chili pepper, onions, garlic, leafy crucifers, vegetable soybean, mungbean, cucumbers, summer and winter squash, and okra. Selection programs are improving the quality of indigenous African and Asian vegetables.