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.
Learning where to find and how to use the diversity of the world's potato, tomato, pepper, and eggplant germplasm to breed improved vegetable varieties.
From disease-resistant tomato to high-performance chili, WorldVeg is the source for improved vegetables in India.
Over 80 seed industry staff representing more than 40 companies from across the country got a closer look at some exceptional new varieties bred by WorldVeg.
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.