Selection in the First Year of Passion Fruit Production: A Potential Strategy for Breeding

  •  Luciana Domiciano Silva Rosado    
  •  Renato Domiciano Silva Rosado    
  •  Rosana Gonçalves Pires Matias    
  •  Carlos Eduardo Magalhães dos Santos    
  •  Claudio Horst Bruckner    
  •  Cosme Damião Cruz    


The objective was to compare the results obtained in the first and second year of production, with the aggregate production at the end of the two years of cultivation to determine the stage of the crop cycle most suitable for selection processes. We evaluated the fruits of 26 German-sib progenies of passion fruit during the peak production of the 1st year (December/2004) and the 2nd year (April/2006). There was little or no difference between the means of selected families in the two production years in terms of the evaluated traits. Selection should therefore be performed in the fist production year to reduce cultivation costs, making passion fruit cultivation more economically feasible.

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