Broccoli breeding, evaluation and seed production (2008)

Report to the Oregon Processed Vegetable Commission

Jim Meyers
OSU Dept of Horticulture

Brian Yorgey
OSU Dept of Food Science and Technology


1. Develop broccoli varieties adapted to western Oregon with suitable quality, high yields, and disease resistance. Specific traits include:

  • Early to midseason maturity
  • Concentrated yield potential
  • Head rot and downy mildew resistanceĀ 
  • Large openly branched heads that are well exserted and have clean stems for easy trimming and separation into floretsĀ 
  • Firm, uniform florets of good color
  • Fine beads with short pedicels, which are retained after freezing

2. Use cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) to produce field scale quantities of F1 hy-brid seed.