Costa Rican researchers develop new climate change-resistant beans


Researchers from the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry have begun distributing the seeds of a new variety of heat- and drought-resistant black beans — part of a broader effort to help address the impact of climate change, as well as recent droughts, on the essential crop.

They call the new variety Nambí, in honor of a Cacique (indigenous chief) by that name who ruled in the Nicoya peninsula, in the province of Guanacaste.

Nambí beans are tolerant to extreme drought conditions and high temperatures, and have a shorter production cycle than current varieties grown here. Researchers also managed to improve the plant’s resistance to various diseases that attack bean crops here. [. . .]

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