Vegetable Variety Testing Program


Evaluate yield and horticultural characteristics of peppers varieties for the Florida Industry

Florida leads bell pepper production in the U.S. with 17,800 acres (of which 65% is located in Palm Beach County) in the 2013 season. Bacterial leaf spot (BLS) caused by Xanthomonas euvesicatoria is a major disease for peppers produced in Florida, causing reduced fruit yield and marketability. Recent advances in breeding for BLS resistance have led to yield increases, but also to increased production costs. Thus, quantifying resistance levels, yields, and postharvest quality of existing and new pepper varieties is crucial for the sustainability of the Florida pepper industry.

Sweet Peppers: Report(s)
Sweet Peppers: Presentation(s)
Jalapeno Pepper: Report(s)

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  • Olson, S.M., P.J. Dittmar, G.E. Vallad, S.E. Webb, E.J. McAvoy, S.A. Smith, M. Ozores-Hampton, and B. M. Santos. 2012. Pepper production in Florida. EDIS HS732, 16 June 2012. (Revised 2011).