University of Puerto Rico
Collaborating Scientists' Institutions: Escuela Agricola Panamerica (Honduras); University of Nebraska (US)
James Beaver (US); Juan Carlos Rosas (Honduras)
Rodrigo Echaves-Bade; Luis Ernestinevra (Puerto Rico); Monty Miles; James R. Steadman (US); Roberto Young (Honduras)
To increase the production of beans through improved varieties resistant to major diseases and pests. Research in the U.S. will include identification of additional sources of resistance to
the most important diseases in Honduras and development of red-seeded bean populations with a greater frequency of major and minor genes for disease resistance. In the H.C., research
will aim to develop the local breeding program; to measure effectiveness of different sources of disease resistance and monitor the frequency and severity of bean diseases; to
screenpromising germplasm for resistance and to determine how multiple disease resistant germplasm can be most effectively utilized by small farmers.