University of Puerto Rico
CIAT (Colombia); University of Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico); INIAP (Ecuador); Cornell University (US); EAP (Honduras); INIAP (Ecuador); INIFAP (Mexico); CRDA (Haiti)
James Kelly (US); Eduardo Peralta (Ecuador); Julio Villatoro (Guatemala)
1. Strengthen bean breeding programs in Ecuador and Guatemala with expanded emphasis on nurseries to evaluate performance, adaptation, disease resistance, understanding consumer markets, and stronger collaborative ties with CIAT and LAC CRSP colleagues in the lowland tropics. 2. Broaden the genetic base of the regional drought screening nursery and evaluate the nursery at sites in Ecuador and Guatemala. 3. Introgress new resistance sources into local bean germplasm.