Since the last edition of Mung Central, the teams have been busy harvesting trials and evaluating data on the pest and disease tolerance characteristics of the mungbean mini-core collection. Heavy incidence of Mungbean Yellow Mosaic Disease (MYMD) at a number of locations enabled the teams to collect good data on tolerance and resistance to the disease. In addition, data were collected on the incidence of dry root rot, powdery mildew, anthracnose, thrips and aphids. The data is currently being pooled and will be analysed using Genome-Wide Association Mapping to link the traits with genetic markers.
The annual meeting cum mid-term review of the International Mungbean Improvement Network (IMIN) project was held in May 2018 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. The review was very positive and commented on the excellent collaboration between partners. During the meetings, the team also discussed possible mechanisms for the scaling-out of outputs and moving forward into the future, including attracting new partners.
If you are interested to find out more about collaboration with the IMIN, please email ramakrishnan.nair [at] worldveg.org.
We hope you enjoy this fourth edition of Mung Central.