ARI developes ARI-516- a hybrid variety of grapes

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News:Recently, Scientists from Pune based Agharkar Research Institute(ARI) have developed a hybrid variety of grapes called ARI-516.

Facts:

About ARI-516:

  • ARI-516 is a high yielding variety of grapes which is resistant to fungal diseases and has excellent juice quality.
  • It has been developed by interbreeding of two species from the same genus – Catawba variety of Vitis labrusca and Beauty seedless variety of Vitis vinifera.
  • Its fungal resistance has been derived from Catawba which is an American grape variety.

Additional information:

About Grape Production in India:

  • India is the world’s 12th largest producer of grapes.Maharashtra accounts for nearly 81% of grapes produced in the country.