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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Location: Tropical Crops and Germplasm Research

2012 Annual Report

1a. Objectives (from AD-416):
Objective 1: Increase seed and conduct phytosanitary assessments for more than 1,000 NPGS Sorghum and Zea accessions which are subject to quarantine restrictions, so as to make additional certified, pathogen-tested seeds available to users. Objective 2: Regenerate about 8,000 NPGS accessions with few seeds, low viabilities, and adaptations to equatorial latitudes and long-seasons, emphasizing Sorghum, Zea, Vigna, Cucurbita, Leucaena, and Psophocarpus. Record key agronomic traits such as host-plant resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses.

1b. Approach (from AD-416):
Select and treat seed for freedom of signs and symptoms of pathogens; conduct annual disease surveys; inspect and verify status of plants (PPQ); grow quarantined and/or photoperiod-sensitive crops, report new diseases, maintain low pest levels, bag heads prior to anthesis; identify diseases and take regulatory action; record key descriptor information for entry into GRIN; harvest seed and examine for disease symptoms; and return seed to National Plant Germplasm System.

3. Progress Report:
Research in this project is service oriented and assists ARS curators with the introduction of new germplasm, seed regeneration and increase, and recording of descriptor notes for entry into the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Accessions of sorghum, corn, cowpea, Leucaena, cucurbits, Ipomoea and winged bean are being regenerated at St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands and Isabela, Puerto Rico and descriptor notes for phenotypic traits are being recorded. Four plant introductions (PIs) and one commercial cultivar some of which have shown some tolerance to alkaline soils in unreplicated, seed regeneration plots of the U.S. cowpea collection were evaluated in replicated field experiments during a second year at St. Croix, USVI and Miami, FL. PI’s 582605 and 582674 had significantly higher yield at both locations as compared to other genotypes used in the study. These genotypes may serve as an alternative to small holders in areas where agricultural production is restricted by high soil alkalinity.

4. Accomplishments

Review Publications
Goenaga, R.J., Gillaspie Jr, A.G., Quiles-Belen, A. 2011. Field Performance of Cowpea Genotypes Grown under Virus Pressure in Puerto Rico. African Crop Science Journal. 19(2):97-103.

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