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New pinto bean resists fungi.

The pinto is the dry bean most often purchased by consumers and accounts for 40 percent of U.S. dry bean sales. Like other dry beans, pintos are an excellent, inexpensive source of protein and fiber. And now, a new, high-yielding pinto germplasm line is promising to make the future even rosier for growers. Known as TARS-PT03-1, this line offers a new source of resistance to soilborne fungi that cause root rot, including Fusarium solani, Rhizoctonia solani, and Pythium species. It's also moderately resistant to common bacterial blight.

Although TARS-PT03-1 is small-seeded, it should help plant breeders develop cultivars with disease resistance and greater yield potential. It has shown good adaptability and performed well in trials in both tropical and temperate regions. A limited amount of seed can be obtained through e-mail request to Ricardo Goenaga, USDA-ARS Tropical Agricultural Research Station, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico; phone (787) 831-3435, ext. 226.
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Title Annotation:Science Update
Publication:Agricultural Research
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2004
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