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  1. Vol. 6 No. 3, p. 238-242
    Received: Mar 2, 2012

    * Corresponding author(s): kellyj@msu.edu
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Registration of ‘Snowdon’ White Kidney Bean

  1. James D. Kelly *a,
  2. Gregory V. Varnerb,
  3. Karen A. Cichyc and
  4. Evan M. Wrighta
  1. a Dep. of Crop and Soil Sciences, Michigan State Univ., 1066 Bogue St., East Lansing, MI 48824
    b Mich. Dry Bean Production Res. Advisory Board, 8439 N. Blair Rd., Breckenridge, MI 48615
    c USDA-ARS and Dep. of Crop and Soil Sciences, Michigan State Univ., East Lansing MI 48824. Research supported by Michigan Crop Improv. Assoc., Michigan Dry Bean Prod. Res. Adv. Board, and MSU AgBioResearch. Registration by CSSA


‘Snowdon’ (Reg. No. CV-303, PI 665013) white kidney bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.), developed by Michigan State University AgBioResearch was released in 2012 as an early- to midseason, disease-resistant, bush bean cultivar. Snowdon was developed with the pedigree breeding method to the F4 generation followed by pure line selection for disease, agronomic, and quality traits. In 4-yr of field trials, Snowdon yielded 3159 kg ha−1, flowered in 36 d, and matured in 94 d on average. Plants averaged 51 cm in height, with a lodging resistance score of 1.4 and seed size of 65 g 100 seed−1. Snowdon combines high yield potential with early- to midseason maturity in white kidney seed type. Snowdon has outyielded ‘Beluga’ by 17% across 4 yr and matured 6 d earlier. It is well adapted to the irrigated production systems on coarse-textured soils where kidney beans are typically grown in Michigan and the Upper Midwest. Snowdon possesses resistance to specific races of rust, virus, and anthracnose. Seed size of Snowdon (0.65 g) is larger and whiter than seed produced by Beluga (0.54 g). Seed of Snowdon meets industry standards for packaging and canning quality in the white kidney bean seed class.

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