Terbol springs back to life after harsh winter

May 9, 2012 at 6:38 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
ICARDA staff Joseph Karaki and Samir Itani inspect a trial of faba beans at Terbol station

ICARDA staff Joseph Karaki and Samir Itani inspect a trial of faba beans at Terbol station

After the harshest winter for over 20 years, (with a meter of snow falling on the research station and with temperatures as low as minus 10°C), a full trials program is now under way at the ICARDA Terbol Field Station in the Beka’a Valley of Lebanon. Along with the heavy snowfall, above average rainfall has been recorded too, causing some difficulties with waterlogged soil and seedbed preparation.

Overall there are more than 100 crop trials currently in progress this spring at Terbol including – winter and spring chickpea, lentils, Faba bean, durum wheat, bread wheat, barley – in addition to plots laid out for plant pathology studies.

Along with its sister station in the Bekaa at Kfardan, Terbol allows ICARDA to exploit growing conditions in a climate and soil type that contrasts markedly with conditions at ICARDA’s principal research station at Tel Hadya, Syria. This allows the testing and screening of germplasm for different physiological aspects and gives good, representative results to the research teams from more than one zone relevant to the world’s non-tropical drylands. It also allows a summer crop cycle, speeding up the breeding process.

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