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Research Project: CIOA 2- Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture with Added Grower and Consumer Value

Location: Vegetable Crops Research

Project Number: 5090-21000-069-17-A
Project Type: Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Oct 1, 2016
End Date: Jul 31, 2020

Objective:
Develop carrot breeding stocks for production in organic agriculture systems with improved nutritional value, trial carrots in diverse growing locations, and release germplasm to the seed industry. Grow carrot trials under conventional and organic practices in Wisconsin. Evaluate carrot breeding stocks for flavor in organic agriculture systems in diverse growing locations.

Approach:
a) Plant carrot seed with elite nematode and alternaria resistance and weed tolerance for testing in conventional and organic fields, three replicates each entry. b) Evaluate seedling emergence. c) Hand weed organic plots as needed; control weeds in conventional trials. d) Evaluate top size of each entry at one month, 3 months, and harvest. e) Harvest crop and provide root samples to ARS lab. f) Evaluate flavor in carrots with elite nematode and alternaria resistance. g) Grow diverse carrots with disease and pest resistance and evaluate flavor.