Navigation Links
New hybrid plants could prompt more prodigious pepper production in Southwest
Date:11/3/2008

UVALDE By themselves or as an ingredient in a variety of foods, including salsa, America's top-selling condiment, peppers have found a warm spot in the hearts and stomachs of U.S. consumers.

But while U.S. Department of Agriculture figures show consumption of fresh peppers at an all-time high, only a fraction of these are grown domestically.

Currently more than 70 percent of all fresh peppers consumed in the U.S. are imported from Mexico, and another 18 percent are imported from Canada, according to USDA data.

"Ironically, our domestic fresh pepper production has been declining steadily in a region renowned for its love of peppers the American Southwest," said Dr. Daniel Leskovar, a vegetable physiologist with Texas AgriLife Research.

To help Southwestern pepper producers perk up pepper production, Leskovar and other Texas A&M System scientists and agriculture experts have teamed up to develop several new adapted pepper plant hybrids.

Leskovar said U.S. fresh pepper production has declined significantly in the past decade due to global competition, labor issues, inconsistent market prices and inefficient agricultural practices.

"These factors, along with drought, plant disease and other challenges that are prevalent in the Southwest, have made it difficult for producers in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona to grow peppers profitably," he said.

"Pepper production in the Southwest is often marred by drought, heat and plant diseases, which cause severe plant stress and reduce marketable yields by up to 50 percent," said Leskovar, who works at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde.

Leskovar said that the objective of this research is to "maximize pepper production efficiency and improve the quality of specialty peppers so producers in these four states can increase their profitability."

"We developed several new cultivars that were more well adapte
'/>"/>

Contact: Dr. Daniel Leskovar
Dleskova@ag.tamu.edu
830-278-9151
Texas A&M AgriLife Communications
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Is hybridoma production about to take a quantum leap forward?
2. Hybridization partially restores vision in cavefish, NYU study finds
3. RAND paper finds diesel, hybrid vehicles can provide more societal benefits than gas-powered autos
4. Thriving hybrid salamanders contradict common wisdom
5. UT researcher sheds new light on hybrid animals
6. UT researcher sheds new light on hybrid animals
7. Scientists unveil mechanism for up and down in plants
8. Current mass extinction spurs major study of which plants to save
9. When under attack, plants can signal microbial friends for help
10. Researchers design artificial cells that could power medical implants
11. MSU scientists find new gene that helps plants beat the heat
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/21/2014)... study aimed at improving the food intake, health and ... homes is among three projects at the University of ... the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). , ... Sciences at Waterloo, and a Schlegel research chair in ... to investigate why many Canadians living in long-term care ...
(Date:8/21/2014)... Wednesday, Oct. 18-22, 2014 , WHERE: , ... San Diego, CA 92101 , WHAT: , ... of the latest research in human genetics. Examples ... high-scoring abstracts on rare genetic variants in health ... treatment for sun sensitivity (Saturday, Oct. 18, 5:30-7:30 ...
(Date:8/21/2014)... a novel and versatile modeling strategy to simulate polyelectrolyte ... as well as for studying polyelectrolytes, including DNA and ... much larger and more complex polyelectrolyte systems, and to ... author of a paper on the work and a ... and Engineering. "This is a big step forward for ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Grants will fund landmark aging research at Waterloo 2American Society of Human Genetics 2014 Annual Meeting 2Researchers develop models to study polyelectrolytes, including DNA and RNA 2
... Highlights from the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) 2009 Mantle Cell ... the March 2010 issue of Leukemia & Lymphoma. Traditionally ... Lymphoma has agreed to make this report available to the ... of the 2009 MCL Consortium Workshop. "It is gratifying ...
... Resistant wheat plants stave off attacks by Hessian fly larvae ... absorb nutrients, according to a study by Purdue University and ... - similar to human intestines - were observed in three ... function. Those that were given nothing to eat showed no ...
... Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National ... totaling $15,254,919 to Tulane University for its ongoing efforts ... viral disease that threatens hundreds of thousands of people ... potential bioterrorism threat. The contract will include collaboration ...
Cached Biology News:Resistant wheat goes for the gut to protect against Hessian flies 2Tulane receives $15 million NIH contract to develop vaccine and treatment for deadly fever 2
(Date:8/21/2014)... 2014 Pursuit Solutions ( http://www.pursuit-solutions.com ... and services for Life Sciences sales and marketing ... of New Commercial Sales Models” by Peter Robinson, ... The article examines some innovative models used to ... tested in the pharmaceutical market. Robinson grades the ...
(Date:8/21/2014)... MA (PRWEB) August 21, 2014 ... company, has been recognized as one of the ... | 5000 magazine for the 2nd consecutive year. ... its 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking ... represents the most comprehensive look at the most ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... university inventions licensed to biotechnology firms has revealed ... open these roadblocks, the researchers suggest that better ... stage could lead to faster commercialization down the ... discoveries made in university laboratories and licensed to ... trials, which have a high failure rate. But ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... PLANTATION, Fla. , Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ... it will host a conference call to provide ... 26, 2014Time:4:30 p.m. Eastern daylight timeDial-in numbers:(888) 505-4369 ... number: 9126599 Live web cast: www.neurotropebioscience.com , under ... three hours after completion through September 2, 2014 ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Pursuit's Peter Robinson Publishes "Grading Pharma's Use of New Commercial Sales Models" 2SoundConnect Returns on Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies 2SoundConnect Returns on Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies 3Early bottlenecks in developing biopharmaceutical products delay commercialization 2Early bottlenecks in developing biopharmaceutical products delay commercialization 3Neurotrope To Host Conference Call 2
... HUBBARD, Ohio, April 8, 2008 NanoLogix, Inc.,(OTC ... 2007 financial data and a director appointment., ... were,reduced by 42% over 2006, while funding for ... information can be accessed at:, http://www.nanologixinc.com/financials.html , ...
... 8, 2008 Raven,biotechnologies, inc., a privately held ... antibody therapeutics (MAbs) for cancer,announced today that it ... under which Monogram will evaluate selected Raven,monoclonal antibodies ... cancer., "Raven,s extensive library of antibody candidates ...
... - The PerOs team is proud to announce,the ... the production,of bacterins as well as an autogenous ... (Oralject(TM))., "The approval of our manufacturing facility ... States marks a significant milestone for,our Company, and ...
Cached Biology Technology:NanoLogix Inc. Provides Financial Update, Appoints Bert Pharis as New Director 2Raven biotechnologies Announces Collaboration With Monogram Biosciences to Advance Diagnostic Cancer Technologies 2PerOs obtains USDA Establishment and Product Licenses for it's oral vaccine formulations 2
... kit contains 5 ml CELLection Dynabeads (4.5 ... the human epithelial antigen EpCAM and DNase ... log enrichment of epithelial tumour cells directly ... cells clumps can be enriched from bone ...
nucleophosmin (nucleolar phosphoprotein B23, numatrin), mRNA...
Human PDGF R beta MAb (Clone # PR7212)...
... Ambion's ActivePro In Vitro ... an E.coli lysate, synthesizes ... as well as proteins ... than competing kits. This ...
Biology Products: