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Participatory research with Acca sellowiana: Stimulating the breeding process for a native fruit species

Santos, Karine Louise dos, Donazzolo, Joel, Guries, Raymond Paul, Peroni, Nivaldo, Nodari, Rubens Onofre
Agroecology and sustainable food systems 2018 v.42 no.4 pp. 432-447
Acca sellowiana, cooperative research, farmers, fruit trees, fruits, natural selection, research programs, selection criteria, surveys, Brazil
We offer a proposal to develop participatory breeding strategies for feijoa (Acca sellowiana) for southern Brazil based on the results of breeding research with this native fruit. Our experiences provide an opportunity to develop a participatory research program focused on the use and conservation of A. sellowiana or other fruit tree species. Based on these experiences, we suggest formation of a multidisciplinary research group to implement participatory research to make best use of technical and local knowledge for the conservation and use of A. sellowiana. Considering the past surveys and interactions with farmers, a number of practical actions will be needed for such a program to succeed, including the creation of organizational and communication structures to improve farmer–farmer engagement, coordination among farmers and researchers on genetic selection criteria and evaluation standards, and mechanisms to specify participant rights and responsibilities and to provide for program continuity.