CJ19 has been irradiated and is in the process of stabilisation. Plants will be sent to the Northern Territory later in 2018 for planting at the Coastal Plains Research Farm.
CJ19 is a Cavendish selection originally from Indonesia. It is shorter in stature than Williams and is prone to choking in sub-optimal growing conditions. Varietal screening trials in the Northern Territory have shown that it is resistant to Panama disease tropical race 4 (TR4). Agronomic assessments of the plant crop conducted at South Johnstone showed that it has a slightly slower cycling time of approximately 12 months from planting to harvest, compared to Williams 11.3 months. It also produced a smaller average bunch weight of 15.9 kg compared to Williams 16.5 kg.
Mutagenesis, which is a breeding technique using gamma irradiation to increase changes in tissue cultured plants has been applied to cultivar CJ19. The aim is to develop an improved variety which retains its tolerance to the disease and with improved agronomic characteristics.
The first step in this process was to determine how much gamma irradiation to use on this variety. Too much irradiation can severely damage or kill the plant, and too little may not induce sufficient changes to the plants.
Experiments, known as dose response trials, have been conducted at the Maroochy Research Station and the sufficient dosage for CJ19 was determined.
CJ19 have been irradiated and are in the process of stabilisation. Plants will be sent to the Northern Territory later in 2018 for planting at the Coastal Plains Research Farm.
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