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