MANGO HYBRIDIZATION STUDIES IN TROPICAL SAVANNAH ("CERRADOS") OF BRAZIL CENTRAL REGION
Mango production in the tropical savannah ("Cerrado") of Brazil central region has greatly increased in the last decade. However, the yield and quality of mango are still low due mainly to a lack of superior cultivars adapted to the environmental conditions of "Cerrado" region. A mango hybridization program using controlled hand pollination was initiated in 1980 with the objectives of improving fruit yield and quality, bearing consistency of plants, and mainly of developing cultivars with small tree size. Dwarf genotypes have been introduced and first hybrids selected. However, the hand-pollination of mango is time-consuming and expensive because of poor fruit set, and of the tall and difficult-to-handle trees. A method for decreasing the cost of mango hybridization is proposed and the expected results discussed.
Pinto, A.C.Q. and Byrne, D.H. (1993). MANGO HYBRIDIZATION STUDIES IN TROPICAL SAVANNAH ("CERRADOS") OF BRAZIL CENTRAL REGION. Acta Hortic. 341, 98-106