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Research Project: Developing Heat Tolerant and Cotton Leaf Curl Virus Resistant Cotton Germplasm for U.S. Growers

Location: Crop Genetics Research

Project Number: 6066-21000-052-001-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: May 15, 2017
End Date: Apr 30, 2022

Objective:
To develop cotton leaf curl virus (CLCuV) resistant and heat tolerant elite cotton lines with acceptable lint yield and fiber quality that will be publicly available to breeders.

Approach:
Cotton leaf curl virus (CLCuV) is a devastating disease of cotton that is present in the Asian subcontinent. It has spread to China and the Philippines in recent years. The USDA has designated CLCuV a disease threat to U.S. agriculture. ARS researchers have identified exotic sources of resistance to CLCuV. Plant Science Consultants have access to heat tolerant germplasm as well as the expertise and a unique methodology to more quickly incorporate these traits into U.S. commercial cotton germplasm.