CIMMYT's southern Africa product profile 2 (SA-PP2) primarily focuses on developing high-yielding, extra-early to early-maturing maize hybrids with white grain that are drought tolerant and NUE, with resistance to GLS, MSV, and TLB, suitable for food use in tropical, rainfed, dry/wet mid-altitude and lowland ecologies in southern Africa and similar agroecologies.    General Information
  Adaptation/Agroecological zone <1800 masl
  Target region Southern Africa
  Type of product Three-way cross hybrid
  Year first announced 2021
  Grain Characteristics
  Grain color White
      Grain texture Semi dent
Grain Yield      
Grain yield under optimum conditions 7.95 t/ha   Biotic Stress Performance
Grain yield under managed drought 2.88 t/ha   Turcicum leaf blight (TLB) (1-9) 4.2
Grain yield under low nitrogen 1.96 t/ha   Grey leaf spot (GLS) (1-9) 3.2
      Maize Streak Virus (MSV)(1-9) 1.5
Agronomic Characteristics     Ear rots 7.6%
Maturity 120 DAP   Diseases are scored on a 1-9 scale, where 1 = Highly resistant; 5 = Tolerant; 9 = Highly susceptible.
Plant height 241.0 cm  
Ear height 112.8 cm      
Ears per plant 1.0   Seed Production Characteristics
Bad husk cover 8.4%   Single-cross female parent yield 10.47 t/ha
Anthesis-silking interval 1.2 Days   Male parent yield 2.85 t/ha
Ear aspect (1-5) 2.6   Nicking 4 days
Ear aspect is scored on 1-5 scale, where 1 = desirable and 5 = undesirable characteristics      
      Product information is based on data from various trials conducted by CIMMYT in southern Africa in 2019.

DAP = days after planting
GLS = Grey Leaf Spot
MSV= Maize Streak Virus
NUE = Nitrogen Use Efficient
masl = meters above sea level
TLB = Turcicum Leaf Blight
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Abiotic Stress Tolerance > Drought tolerant
Abiotic Stress Tolerance > Nitrogen-use efficient (NUE)
Adaptation > Lowlands
Adaptation > Mid-altitudes
Biotic Stress Tolerance > Grey leaf spot (GLS)
Biotic Stress Tolerance > Maize streak virus (MSV)
Biotic Stress Tolerance > Turcicum leaf blight (TLB)
Grain Color > White grain
Grain Texture > Semi-dent
Maturity Group > Early maturing
Product Type > Three-way cross hybrid
Region > Southern Africa
Year announced > 2021
For Information, Contact:
Nicholas Davis
Program Manager

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