UC Riverside Charts Course For Future Avocado Varieties
by The University of California, Riverside
Posted: 2017-09-29 08:54:38 EST

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The University of California, Riverside is planning to develop the next generation of avocado varieties.

The university will expand its avocado varietal breeding program by seeking partnerships with the private sector and launching the Avocado Variety Improvement Program (AVIP). Under the consortium, the program will advance new varieties of avocados that will meet the diverse global growing area requirements, exhibit better post-harvest characteristics, increase yields and expand consumer market diversity.

“Worldwide consumption of avocados has increased exponentially within the last decade, with no end in sight,” said Mary Lu Arpaia, head of the avocado varietal breeding program at UC Riverside. “It is the true global superfood of the future.”

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