K. St. TSVETKOV1, St. M. TSVETKOV1, I. PETROVA2, I. VASSILEVA3, L. BELCHEVA2 and I. ILIEV1
1 Dobroudja Agricultural Institute, BG-9520 General Toshevo, Bulgaria
2 Institute of Cryobiology and Food Technologies, BG-1407 Sofia, Bulgaria
3 Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Genetics, BG-1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
TSVETKOV, K. St., St. M. TSVETKOV, I. PETROVA, I. VASSILEVA, L. BELCHEVA and I. ILIEV, 2003. Neptune 2 – new productive winter durum wheat for high pasta quality manufacture in Bulgaria. Bulg. J. Agric. Sci., 9: 509–514
Neptune 2 is winter durum wheat was developed in the Dobroudja Agricultural Institute near General Toshevo. It was created out of an F3-bulk population of winter x spring durum wheat from CIMMYT, Mexico. Systematically it belongs to the species Triticum turgidum L. conv. durum Desf. According to spike morphology, color of spike, grain and awns Neptune 2 refer to var. leucurum Al. It is a short – stemmed durum wheat with plant height of 75.5 cm and very good lodging resistance. The highest grain yield was obtained in 2000 and reach to 9100 kg/ha. A high resistance to some of the most aggressive races of leaf rust and a very good resistance to stem rust and powdery mildew were recorded at laboratory tests. Neptune 2 has strong gluten and very good cooking quality of pasta products and received registration from the State Variety Testing Commission in 1999.