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Genetic variability in accessions of the acerola germplasm bank of Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, Brazil

Author(s): R.M. Moraes Filho1, L.S.S. Martins2, R.S. Musser3, A.V.V. Montarroyos3 and E.F. Silva2

Brazil is the world’s largest producer of acerola, Malpighia emarginata (Malpighiaceae); the Northeast is responsible for 60% of the national production. The culture of acerola in Brazil has great genetic variability; plantings have high phenotypic diversity and are not very productive, often originating from propagation by seed. We evaluated the genetic diversity of 42 accessions from the Acerola Active Germplasm Bank of Universidade Federal de Pernambuco.