The grape selection, MACS 516 (ARI 516), was launched and notified for manufacturing in 2021 in 4 grape-growing states: Maharashtra, Punjab, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu, based on Dr. Sujata Tetali of ARI’s Genetics and Plant Breeding part.








The ARI-516 hybrid selection was created by crossing two species from the identical genus Vitis, the Catawba number of Vitis labrusca, and the gorgeous seedless number of Vitis labrusca.





A undertaking to generate disease-resistant seedless grapes at Pune’s Agharkar Research Institute, an autonomous institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), has attracted not simply farmers but additionally wine companies at a not too long ago completed grape competition in Nashik.












As a part of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s All India Coordinated Research Project on Fruits, a multi-purpose grape selection has been produced.

The grape selection, MACS 516 (ARI 516), was launched and notified for manufacturing in 2021 in 4 grape-growing states: Maharashtra, Punjab, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu, based on Dr. Sujata Tetali of ARI’s Genetics and Plant Breeding part.

What’s particular about it?

“This hybrid grape variety is resistant to fungal diseases and can be used to make juice, raisins, jams, and red wines. Farmers have taken to this type, and the area under cultivation and production in places like Nashik and Solapur in Maharashtra has increased by 100 acres,” Dr. Tetali instructed The Indian Express.

Grover Zampa Vineyards in Nashik, for instance, has bought planting materials from ARI.












“Our major goal was to create a disease-resistant cultivar.” Dr. Prashant Dhakephalkar, the Director of ARI, added, “It is also being appreciated because of its unique flavor.” The ARI-516 hybrid selection was created by crossing two species from the identical genus Vitis, the Catawba number of Vitis labrusca, and the gorgeous seedless number of Vitis labrusca.

At the ninth All India coordinated group dialogue assembly on fruits, a ebook together with particulars of many sorts stored on the farm at ARI in Hol village (85 km from Pune) was printed final month.

“The ARI 516 variety is seeded, but because some people prefer seedless varieties, we created a seedless ARI 516 through mutation.” It has small to medium bluish blackberries with one rudimentary seed in every berry, that are candy and musky in taste and comprise 65 to 70% juice.

The berry output is about 15-20 tons per acre, and it’s proof against downy and powdery mildew illness, in addition to anthracnose, a gaggle of fungal illnesses that have an effect on quite a lot of vegetation.












A undertaking on molecular characterization of a seedless mutant within the grape’s variant ARI 516 and marker-assisted seedless choice in desk grape breeding can be underway, based on Dr Tetali.







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