The gc gene was identified in 1993 as being responsible for the green cotyledon trait in another USVL release, the southernpea cultivar Bettergreen.
That's why USVL has established a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with Western Seed Multiplication, Inc., of Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina, for completing the work and bringing this new generation of pea cultivars to market.
USVL and Western Seed, a major grower of cowpea seed stock for the food-processing industry, previously collaborated to develop Charleston Greenpack, which is now the leading southernpea cultivar being packed by frozen-food producers.
Looking ahead, USVL researchers see important developments on the horizon for watermelon (Citrullus lanatus).
Using samples from the collection maintained at ARS's Plant Genetic Resources and Conservation Unit in Griffin, Georgia, the USVL researchers evaluated wild watermelon varieties and identified a few with resistance to all three targeted nematodes and to other pests.