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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: DEVELOPMENT OF INTEGRATED SYSTEMS FOR SUBTROPICAL/TROPICAL FRUIT CROP PRODUCTION

Location: Tropical Crops and Germplasm Research

Project Number: 6635-21000-050-00
Project Type: Appropriated

Start Date: Dec 19, 2008
End Date: Dec 18, 2013

Objective:
Evaluate tropical/sub-tropical fruit production systems and germplasm for broad agro-environmental adaptation, high yield and productivity, and ability to produce fruits of superior quality. Develop efficient and sustainable monitoring and/or control methods for key pests that limit tropical/subtropical fruit production and quality.

Approach:
Field evaluations for yield and fruit quality traits of selected tropical fruit crop scion and/or rootstock germplasm will be conducted in various agro-environments. Nutrient requirements and utilization efficiency studies will be conducted to optimize nutrient applications. Control strategies for plant pathogens of tropical and subtropical fruit crops will be developed using systemic acquired resistance agents. Strategies to increase pollinators in Annonaceae will be developed. Field evaluation of biological agents for biocontrol of important insect pests of tropical and subtropical fruit crops will be conducted.

Last Modified: 10/1/2014
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