Submitted to: HortScience
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: February 1, 1998
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: The USDA has released a new, pinkeye-type southernpea cultivar that is homozygous for the gc gene conditioning the green cotyledon trait. The new cultivar, Charleston Greenpack, can be harvested at the near-dry stage of pod maturity without loss of the pea's fresh green color. Charleston Greenpack originated as a bulk of an F8 [Kiawah x (Kiawah x Bettergreen)] population grown in 1994. Except for the green seed color, a tendency for a slightly greener foliage, and a slightly smaller pea size, the phenotype of Charleston Greenpack is quite similar to those of Coronet and Pinkeye Purple Hull-BVR. The results of replicated field tests indicate that Charleston Greenpack yields are comparable to those of Coronet and Pinkeye Purple Hull-BVR. Results of raw product evaluations conducted at a commercial freezing facility indicate that Charleston Greenpack produces an excellent processed product. Charleston Greenpack has excellent field resistance to blackeye cowpea mosaic virus, the major pathogen of southernpea in the U.S.