Maize breeding for the maize-coffee system

May 14, 2012
The Colombian national police for coffee growers is the renovation of 20% old coffee plantations to increase coffee profitability. For this purpose, an intercrop is needed for income generation while the new coffee plant grows being maize crop an excellent alternative because a profit of USD 800/ha could be get for each of the 3 maize cropping that can be done before the first coffee harvesting. Coffee area for renovation is 160 000 has.
Period:
Objectives:

Develop maize cultivars with high grain yield potential and tolerant to key maize disease in this area: Cercospora zeae-maydis and Phyllachora maydis.
Project started in 2004 and will end in 2012 (third phase).

Partner countries:
 

Colombia

Funding institutions:

FEDERECAFE (Colombian Coffee Growers Association)
FENALCE (Colombian Cereal Growers Association)

Key Partner Institutions:
FEDERECAFE (Colombian Coffee Growers Association)
FENALCE (Colombian Cereal Growers Association)
Principal coordinators:
Luis A. Narro, Leader
Alba Lucia Arcos, CIMMYT scientist
Argemiro Moreno, CENICAFE scientist
Jose Ever Vargas, FENALCE scientist
Expected outputs:
Breeder seed of improved cultivars
Project activities
Breeding
Diseases impact
Agronomy
Highlights:
Evaluation of 400 inbreds and 800 hybrids on 2 locations of the Colombian coffee area during 2010
OPVs released: FNC 31AC, FNC 32AC
Hybrids released: FNC 3054, FNC 3056, FNC 318
Media:

A TV program from FEDERECAFE

Capacity building:

Statistical and experimental design course
Field days

Contact details:

Dr. Luis A. Narro