Location: Tropical Crops and Germplasm Research
Project Number: 6635-21000-054-05
Start Date: Mar 04, 2014
End Date: Sep 30, 2015
This research project will be carried out at the USDA-ARS-TARS stations in Mayaguez and Isabela and at the University of Puerto Rico, Agricultural Experiment Station in Juana Díaz. Conventional plant breeding techniques and marker-assisted selection will be used by Legume Innovation Lab scientists to develop common bean cultivars and breeding lines with enhanced levels of disease resistance and greater tolerance to abiotic stresses. Plant breeders will focus on the most important biotic and abiotic constraints in lowland (<1000m) bean production regions in Central America, Haiti and Tanzania. In addition, tepary bean genetic enhancement will be undertaken through the transfer of virus resistance from common bean.