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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture with Added Grower and Consumer Value

Location: Vegetable Crops Research Unit

Project Number: 5090-21000-062-19
Project Type: General Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: May 28, 2012
End Date: Jul 31, 2016

Develop carrot breeding stocks for production in organic agriculture systems with improved nutritional value, trial carrots in diverse growing locations, and release germplasm to the seed industry. Evaluate microflora and nutrient differences of conventional and organic systems.

a) Plant carrot seed with elite nematode and alternaria resistance and weed tolerance for testing in conventional and organic fields, three replicates each entry. b) Evaluate seedling emergence. c) Hand weed organic plots as needed; control weeds in conventional trials. d) Evaluate top size of each entry at one month, 3 months, and harvest. e) Harvest crop and provide root samples to PI's lab. f) Analyze soil physical, chemical, and biological characteristics for samples from all trial sites.

Last Modified: 8/25/2016
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