Animals, Agriculture & Food
A Monogerm Round-Type Inbred Table Beet
Inventors: Irwin Goldman, Dwight "Nick" Breitbach
The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is seeking commercial partners interested in developing a new variety of table beet, known as "W448."
The table beet, a popular garden vegetable throughout the United States, is rich in folate, soluble and insoluble fiber, and vitamins A and C. Monogerm beets produce a single flower, while multigerm beets give rise to clusters of two or more flowers.
UW-Madison researchers have developed a monogerm inbred table beet called W448. This variety results in a round-type beet and is similar to a popular variety available only as a multigerm. W448 A is the sterile cytoplasm, while W448 B is the fertile cytoplasm maintainer to be used in hybrid production. Hybrids could be used for processing or in fresh markets.
- Table beet production
- Monogerm form is beneficial for acheiving uniform planting density.
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