In the framework of the "Technological options for the development and sustainable management of the Ananas comosus (L.) Merr. pineapple (Bromeliaceae) crop in the main producing areas of Colombia" macro-project, scientists from the Palmira, La Selva, La Suiza, Nataima, Florencia and La Libertad Research Centers are working on the identification of new pineapple cultivars that offer different use options, both in fresh and for agribusiness, that can be planted in the main Colombian pineapple regions.
According to the Colombian Corporation for Agricultural Research (Agrosavia), the project aims to identify pineapple materials with suitable genetic and physiological characteristics for the environmental conditions of each region. "Proper selection will result in less exposure to adverse health factors, stimulating the fruit's quality and yields while minimizing production costs," the entity stated.
To achieve this, researchers collected Perolera pineapple seeds in four localities belonging to the municipality of Lebrija, in the department of Santander. They also collected pineapple seeds of the Mayanesa variety in three locations in the municipality of Paratebueno, in the department of Meta. In the department of Valle del Cauca, they collected seeds of the Manzana pineapple variety in San Joaquin, Dagua.
Agrosavia stressed that "when the project ends, researchers will have identified genetic materials that will expand the number of the pineapple production system's varietal offers for fresh consumption and use in the agro-industry, adding value to the planting material that can be used in Colombia's most representative pineapple producing areas."