Develop Improved Bean Cultivars for the Lowland Production Regions of Central America and the Caribbean
El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua
University of Puerto Rico
INTA (Nicaragua); DICTA (Honduras); CENTA (El Salvador) INTA (Costa Rica); CRDA (Haiti); ICTA (Guatemala); Penn State University; Michigan State University, USDA-ARS/TARS,University of Nebraska (US); IDIAF,CEDAF (Dominican Republic); CIAT, Colombia
James Beaver (US); Juan Carlos Rosas (Honduras)
1. Develop and release bean cultivars with improved adaptation to lowland agro-ecological zones in Central America, the Caribbean and the U.S. 2. Increase web blight, rust, and BCNM and BGYM resistance in beans using recurrent selection, inter-specific crosses and marker-assisted selection. 3. Increase resistance to terminal drought in bean lines for rain-fed bean growing areas in Central America and the Caribbean.