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Avocado Genetics and Improvement

The avocado is a nutritious and delicious fruit. Today's episode discusses its history, domestication, breeding priorities and future.

Feb 5, 2022 by Dr. Kevin Folta in Talking Biotech

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Avocado consumption is rapidly increasing, and global production booming. However, the diversity of fruit choices is typically constrained to Hass. There is tremendous diversity in avocado, featuring a range of flavors, oil content and seasonal availability. In this week’s podcast we speak with Eric Focht who has been running the breeding program at University of California in Riverside. We discuss the genetic origins, the breeding priorities, and next steps in the genetic improvement of the crop. # COLABRA Talking Biotech is brought to you by Colabra – an R&D platform that brings your lab’s world-changing research together in one shared space. Learn more at # TALKING BIOTECH Twitter: Website: Instagram: The Talking Biotech podcast is distinct from Dr. Kevin Folta's teaching and research roles at the University of Florida. The views expressed on the show are those of Dr. Folta and his guests, and do not reflect the opinions of the university or Colabra.


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