‘TigerPaw-NR’ is a new Habanero-type pepper (Capsicum chinense Jacq.) released 9 Jan. 2006 by the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). ‘TigerPaw-NR’ is homozygous for a dominant gene conditioning a high level of resistance to the southern root-knot nematode [Meloidogyne incognita (Chitwood) Kofoid and White], the peanut root-knot nematode [M. arenaria (Neal) Chitwood], and the tropical root-knot nematode [M. javanica (Treub) Chitwood]. Root-knot nematodes are major pests of peppers in the United States, and all Habanero-type cultivars heretofore available to commercial growers and home gardeners are susceptible (Fery and Thies, 1997). The increasing popularity of pungent peppers in the United States has created an intense interest in Habanero-type peppers, and the release of ‘TigerPaw-NR’ will provide commercial growers and home gardeners access to a root-knot nematode-resistant cultivar.
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