Submitted to: Meeting Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/14/2016
Publication Date: 3/15/2016
Citation: Simko, I., Hayes, R.J., Mou, B., McCreight, J.D. 2016. Lettuce breeding. California Leafy Greens Research Board Annual Meeting. Available: http://calgreens.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Lettuce-Breeding-USDA-ARS-Simko-Mou-and-McCreight.pdf.
Technical Abstract: Lettuce and spinach production is beset by numerous biotic an abiotic challenges. This report to the California Leafy Greens Research Program annual meeting provides an update by the ‘Genetic Enhancement of Lettuce, Spinach, Melon, and Related Species’ project at Salinas on the genetics and breeding of lettuce and spinach. Host plant resistance research is a large part of the research effort and includes corky root, Fusarium wilt, leafminer, lettuce aphid, lettuce drop, tipburn, Verticillium wilt, bacterial leaf spot, and downy mildew of lettuce. Increased shelf-life of lettuce for fresh cut lettuce. The project addresses production needs of the summer coastal districts, e.g., Salinas Valley, and the winter districts, e.g., Imperial Valley, California and Yuma, Arizona.