The WorldVeg pumpkin breeding program’s ultimate goal is to offer farmers improved, disease-resistant varieties – and reach more consumers with this nutritious vegetable.
Four generations of pumpkin producers in Myanmar hold the diversity needed to improve this valuable crop now and into the future.
Development of vegetable (pepper and tomato) varieties in Asia with AFACI country members
Strengthening the pepper […]
Representatives from Taiwan's seed companies, universities and research institutes exchanged perspectives and progress in breeding research.
Using WorldVeg tomato breeding line AVTO1003 (CLN3125L), Rijk Zwaan Breeding B.V. developed a new semi-determinate plum tomato variety ‘Jarrah RZ F1 (71 102)’ specifically for the African market. ‘Jarrah’ has good vigor and canopy color, and produces firm fruit with uniform color, weighing 80-100 g. The variety is resistant to Tomato mosaic virus (ToMV) and Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV). ‘Jarrah’ is another example of how WorldVeg germplasm, breeding consortia, and collaborations in Africa and Asia benefit farmers and consumers!
Africa Vegetable Breeding Consortium -- APSA-WorldVeg Vegetable Breeding Consortium
An impressive array of bitter gourd diversity is ready to expand the narrow genetic base of this valuable cucurbit crop in Asia.
The Crop Trust’s Pre-breeding Project links genebanks and breeding programs to develop greater diversity in crop plants. The project's eggplant and carrot teams came to WorldVeg to plan their next steps.
Africa Vegetable Breeding Consortium
Tomato is India’s second most important vegetable crop, next to potato. And now ‘Arka Rakshak’, a new F1 fresh market and processing tomato hybrid with resistance to three major tomato diseases, is available for farmers eager to supply India’s growing demand. The variety was developed by the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) by crossing one of their advanced breeding lines with an advanced breeding line sourced from the World Vegetable Center. Tomato leaf curl virus, bacterial wilt and early blight are among the most difficult tomato diseases to manage as there are no chemical treatments available to stop their spread. Building resistance into a variety is the most effective -- and cost-effective -- approach to tomato disease management. ‘Arka Rakshak’ produces medium to large (80-100 g), deep red, very firm fruits with good keeping quality (15-20 days) and transportability. Farmers can expect yields of 90-100 t/ha. WorldVeg provides the important breeding materials partners need to produce vigorous, pest-and disease-resistant varieties with tolerance to heat, drought, flooding and other environmental conditions farmers typically encounter in the field. Congratulations to IIHR!
Plant breeders from across the subcontinent who want to keep up with advancements in the discipline shared their training needs with WorldVeg.