Breeding activities of the ICARDA Barley Program in Mexico

September 30, 2011 at 7:45 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Drs. Ramesh Verma, Flavio Capettini and Maarten van Ginkel in the seed multiplication field of the variety candidates of the ICARDA program in Toluca,Mexico

In November 2009 ICARDA began a collaborative program with Impulsora Agrícola S.A. (IASA) in Mexico, to produce new barley varieties and elite germplasm adapted to that country, with international public goods spill-over to similar environments in other developing countries. The germplasm identified in Mexico is resistant to multiple diseases and has high yield potential. Malting quality will be a value-added trait.  This effort is headed by ICARDA’s barley section coordinator, Dr Flavio Capettini.

In September 2011, during the selection season, the fields were visited by Dr Ramesh Verma, Barley Research Coordinator, Indian Council of Agricultural Research; and Dr Maarten van Ginkel, Deputy Director General – Research, ICARDA. Dr Verma was able to select germplasm with favorable characteristics for his country that will be made available to all the Indian programs. With the assistance of the visitors it was possible to identify candidate varieties that will hopefully make a positive impact on barley growers in Mexico and in other countries with similar high rainfall and irrigated conditions, allowing the expression of barley’s yield and quality potential.

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