Hybrids boost carabao mango’s competitiveness

Mango selections from the UPLB/DOST-PCAARRD program titled, “Enhancing Competitiveness of Philippine Carabao Mango through Varietal Improvement.” UPLB-IPB photo

A research program that aimed to develop mango hybrids was seen to improve the competitiveness of carabao mango in the local and international markets.

The 6.5-year program, “Enhancing Competitiveness of Philippine ‘Carabao’ Mango through Varietal Improvement,” aims to identify molecular markers associated with red blush, thick peel and resistance to fruit fly and anthracnose through genotyping by sequencing technology.

It also aims to develop hybrids that may have the target traits singly or in combination with the other intended traits.

A project of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), it is being led by Dr. Maria Luz J. Sison of the Institute of Plant Breeding, University of the Philippines Los Baños (IPB-UPLB).

The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) is funding the program with a budget of P33 million.

According to Carolyn E. Alcasid, leader of the component project,“Characterization of  ‘Carabao’ and other Mango Varieties with Red Blush and Thick Peel, and Development of Hybrids,” one carabao mango selection with excellent eating quality has been registered to the IPB Germplasm and Technology Release and Registration Office.

The team also registered to the National Seed Industry Council two other mango varieties, “Mangoming’’ and “Farrales,” which have potential for processing and as table type mango, respectively.

Another carabao mango selection with good eating quality and resistance to anthracnose was also identified and will be registered.

Alcasid said during an online program review that four carabao mango hybrids with red blush were also produced and characterized.

Sison said in another project, “Characterization of ‘Carabao’ and other Mango Varieties with Resistance to Fruit fly and Anthracnose,” four carabao mango selections with resistance to fruit fly and three carabao mango selections with resistance to anthracnose had been identified.

Participants during the review included the program team members from IPB-UPLB headed by Director Dr. Fe M. de la Cueva of IPB, and representatives from DOST-PCAARRD led by the Deputy Executive Director for R&D Dr. Feliciano G. Calora Jr., OIC of the Crops Research Division Dr. Allan B. Siano and the CRD monitoring team.

Dr. Rene Rafael C. Espino, Retired Professor from UPLB, served as the Technical Reviewer and Evaluator.

A Phase 2 program in the pipeline is set to complete the characterization and evaluation of the developed mango hybrids. S&T Media Services

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