One of the current focus of common bean breeding programs in Brazil is to increase iron (FeC) and zinc content (ZnC) in grains. The objectives of this study were to estimate genetic parameters for FeC and ZnC in common bean, verify the need for conducting multi-site evaluation tests, identify elite lines that combine high FeC and ZnC with good adaptability, stability, and agronomic potential, and examine the genetic association between FeC and ZnC. Elite lines (140) were evaluated for important agronomic traits in multiple environments.
The fungus Pseudocercospora griseola is the causal agent of angular leaf spot, a common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) disease. The successful development of angular leaf spot-resistant cultivars depends on understanding the levels of variability in pathogen populations. P. griseola shows great pathogenic and genetic variation using inoculation on differential bean cultivars and molecular markers. Nevertheless, how this variability develops is not clearly understood.