Project Number: 2040-22430-025-14-S
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Sep 28, 2010
End Date: Sep 27, 2015
Develop and evaluate non-toxic, preferably biologically-based, environmentally suitable technologies and processes for pest and disease control on papaya. Evaluate existing, or breeding new, papaya varieties for desirable fruit quality and shelf life and for high degree of tolerance or resistance to fungal diseases, such as Phytophthora.
A research team consisting of faculty and researchers from the University of Hawaii(UH) and Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center (PBARC) with expertise in papaya breeding, plant protection (particularly in plant pathology), and genetic engineering will develop an achievable and measurable action plan to accomplish the objectives identified above. The team shall share research responsibilities in papaya breeding, evaluating tolerance or resistance against fungal diseases and papaya ringspot virus, and studying the shelf life of papaya varieties evaluated or bred.