Crop variety release notices
Release of a short season groundnut variety: "Jesa"
"Jesa", a short season groundnut variety was accepted for commercial release by the Crop Variety Release Committee in September, 1999. The objective in putting it up for release was to widen the choice of improved short season groundnut varieties available to farmers. Jesa was developed using the bulk selection method for phenotypically similar plants at Chitedze Research Station, Malawi by the Southern African Development Community/International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (SADC/ICRISAT) Groundnut project. The variety was first introduced into Zimbabwe through this regional groundnut project and was assessed in national breeding trials from 1990/91 to 1997/98. Results from the advanced variety trials conducted at various research stations between 1994/95 and 1997/98 are summarized in the paper.
Release of a short season groundnut variety: "Teal"
Teal, a locally bred short season groundnut variety, was accepted for commercial release by the Crop Variety Release Committee in September, 1999. The objective in proposing release of this variety was to make available a short season variety with larger seeds and improved overall seed quality, relative to existing short season varieties. Teal was selected as a single plant in 1988/89 from a segregating population of a local cross 93 made at Harare Research Station between P1/6/147 and Valencia R2. The variety was first evaluated in progeny rows in 1989/90 and in replicated trials in 1990/91. Results from the advanced variety trails conducted at various research station trials between 1994/95 and 1997/98 are summarized in the paper.
The Zimbabwe Science News Volume 34 Number 3&4, December 2000, pp. 67-69