The Australian National Mango Breeding Program (NMBP) was initiated in 1994. The project was a collaboration between agricultural agencies in Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland, and CSIRO.
The purpose was to develop superior mango genotypes by crossing the standard Australian variety, Kensington Pride (KP), with a range of Floridian, Indian and Asian cultivars.
The main breeding objectives of the project were to produce new varieties with:
- reduced tree vigour
- increased productivity
- fruit size of 325–400g, tray counts of 18 to 20 fruit
- good blush colour
- Kensington Pride flavour
- reduced sap burn and postharvest problems
- longer shelf life
- reduced physiological disorders of the fruit
- early maturity
- reduced susceptibility to disease.
Three varieties are licensed and protected under the Australian Plant Breeder’s Rights legislation. The new hybrid varieties are:
The appearance, taste and value of the new varieties was recently rated by consumers in a WA research study. View the consumer study results.