RECENT ADVANCEMENTS IN HYBRIDIZATION AND SELECTION OF PINEAPPLE IN MALAYSIA
The Spanish pineapple (Ananas comosus (L.) Merr.) is the principal canning variety grown in Malaysia. It is well adapted to peat soils where pineapple is predominantly grown but it has several weaknesses that need to be improved. Hybridization between 3 groups of pineapple, i.e. Smooth Cayenne, Spanish and Queen was carried out at MARDI in 1984. Crosses between groups showed differential seed set but all cultivars were self-incompatible. Analysis of the F1 populations for 8 characters showed wide variation, often exceeding twice that of the clonal parents. A methodology was developed for computing the best parent or combination of parents for improving a single character or for a group of characters. From the hybridization programme, 6 potential clones were identified after 3 generations of evaluation and selection.
Chan, Y.K. (1993). RECENT ADVANCEMENTS IN HYBRIDIZATION AND SELECTION OF PINEAPPLE IN MALAYSIA. Acta Hortic. 334, 33-44