The University of California-Riverside is planning to expand its avocado varietal breeding program by seeking partnerships with the private sector and launching the Avocado Variety Improvement Program.
The program will advance new avocado varieties aiming to meet the diverse global growing area requirements, exhibit better post-harvest characteristics, increase yields and expand consumer market diversity, according to a news release.
Currently, there are only a few types of avocado grown for food.
“Worldwide consumption of avocados has increased exponentially within the last decade, with no end in sight,” Mary Lu Arpaia, head of the avocado varietal breeding program at UC Riverside, said in the release. “It is the true global superfood of the future.”
The nearly 70-year-old avocado breeding program at UC Riverside houses a vast collection of breeding materials, the release said.
Program goals include development of varieties not only for the fresh fruit market consumption but also for commercial oil production, sugar production and pharmaceutical uses.
For more information on the program, visit http://www.dataharvest.co/avip/.