Colombian researchers are working on a genetically modified cape gooseberry that has greater production and better size, acidity, and sweetness indicators. The investigation is being carried out in the municipalities of Pasto, Puerres, Ipiales, and Gualmatan in Nariño.
"The research is part of a genetic improvement project for cape gooseberry in the upper area of Nariño. We planted 36 cape gooseberry hybrids and identified three in each municipality that increased their productivity, achieving a superior performance than the average in the area," stated agronomist Jhon Alexander Rosero, a candidate for a master's degree in agrarian sciences at the National University of Palmira.
The study is being conducted by the University of Nariño and the National University of Palmira with the support of the Agrosavia, which was previously known as Corpoica, the Colombian Corporation of Agricultural Research.
"Corpoica had previous studies to improve this exotic fruit, so they gave us nine lines of work to make the crosses, with the purpose of forming hybrids, planting them in those locations, evaluating their characteristics and selecting the ones that show the greatest performance," the expert added.
According to the report of the National Association of Foreign Trade -Analdex-, the general average of cape gooseberry production in the department of Nariño in 2018 was eight tons per hectare, ranking fourth in the national production.
"These hybrids are another alternative for growing cape gooseberries because with this result we managed to go from eight tons to twenty-five tons per hectare," the agronomist emphasized.