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Science Connection introduces the watermelon variety to the semi-arid region

Science Connection introduces the watermelon variety to the semi-arid region

High yield, early cultivation, resistance to powdery mildew, and thick and rough skin are some of the characteristics of the new BRS Anton Yellow Melon variety, mentioned by researcher Valter Rodrigues, of Embrapa Hortaliças, in an interview with Conexão Ciência. Developed for the São Francisco Valley, this variety is an option for small and medium rural producers in the region. The idea, according to the researcher, is to contribute to the competitiveness and sustainability of this site.

In addition to the above characteristics, Rodriguez highlighted the uniformity of ripening and fruiting. He explained that “the fruits are concentrated in the stage of maturity, that is, the fully ripened fruits do not mix with the fruits that are still very green.” Another advantage is the fruit’s tolerance to low temperature storage. “The cold chain is essential when considering markets located at long distances from production areas, where transportation must usually take place in refrigerated conditions.”

Regarding powdery mildew resistance, the researcher commented that it is a problematic disease in the northeastern region, as it causes watermelon damage. “The incorporation of this property into BRS Anton is very positive as it gives the producer greater peace of mind while the crop is being done.”

Rodrigues also gave an overview of watermelon production in Brazil, explained the types of melon that existed and were most important for national production, and gave advice on how to choose sweet and tasty watermelons at the fair. In addition, he commented on the website “Vegetables are not just salads”, as consumers learn to conscientiously consume and avoid waste, not to mention the various recipes available, not only with watermelon, but with many other vegetables. Check it out here The interview is complete.

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