Project Number: 6618-21000-014-05
Start Date: Jul 01, 2011
End Date: Jun 30, 2016
About 600 trees have been planted from a population of Hass x Bacon and Bacon x Hass for a detailed mapping study and as a source for avocado cultivars suitable for East-Central Florida production. Extensive data on tree growth, disease resistance, and fruit quality will be collected over the next five years. In addition, seedlings are being generated from every divergent seed source genotype we can identify to be challenged with the Laurel Wilt fungus (Raffaelea lauricola). These seedlings will be inoculated and monitored for disease development and aspects of resistance response. All material will be assessed using a newly developed Avocado SNP Genotyping Chip and resulting data will be used to assess which gene variants are associated with critical traits of interest.