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Brazil: New table grape variety resistant to mildew

Embrapa will launch BRS Isis, the new variety of seedless table grapes which are mildew resistant, the most damaging disease of grapevines in tropical conditions in Brazil, this Tuesday. The launch will be held in the Petrolina campus of the Federal University of Vale do São Francisco (Univasf) in Pernambuco. On Wednesday morning, producers, technicians and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to check the variety's behaviour in the field, in the Brasiluvas-Labrunier, JD Group, farm in Curaçá, Bahia.

A tray of the new assortment of grapes.

BRS Isis' resistance to mildew can lead to a reduction in the number of fungicide applications traditionally adopted for table grapes. As such, cultivating it conforms to the concept of promoting agricultural sustainability, one of the priorities of Embrapa's Grape Breeding Program, where the new variety was developed.

Comparisons of the variety.

Patricia Ritschel, researcher at Embrapa Uva e Vinho, said the new variety is extremely productive. The BRS Isis variety yielded a production of 26 tonnes per hectare per crop in four successive harvests, 52 tonnes per hectare per year, in Vale do São Francisco, northeaster Brazil.

Based on information from EMBRAPA UVA E VINHO

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