Submitted to: HortScience
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: January 20, 1999
Publication Date: August 1, 1999
Citation: Fery, R.L., Thies, J.A., Dukes, Sr., P.D. 1999. Development of new southernpea cultivars: an update on the usda effort. Hortscience. 34(5):838. Technical Abstract: The genetic improvement of southernpea (Vigna unguiculata) has been a major objective of the USDA research effort at Charleston, S.C., for over 30 years. Current objectives include the development of cream-, pinkeye-,and blackeye-type cultivars with persistent green seed phenotypes; the development of improved snap-type cultivars; and the incorporation of root-knot nematode resistance into commercial cultivars. The small seeded, green cotyledon, pinkeye-type cultivar Petite-N-Green was released on 7 August 1998 for use by home gardeners. Several experimental lines are in advanced stages of evaluation for potential release as cultivars. These experimental lines include a green cotyledon, acre-type (US-865); a green cotyledon, blackeye-type (US-867); two cream-types with both green cotyledon and green testa phenotypes (US-880 and US-881); several high yielding snap-types US-903, US-904, US-905, US-908, and US-909); and a root-knot nematode resistant version of the cream-type cultivar Bettergreen (US-910).