Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution

, Volume 60, Issue 4, pp 1329–1336 | Cite as

Biodiversity of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) in Honduras, evidenced by morphological characterization

  • Narcizo Meza
  • Juan Carlos Rosas
  • Juan Pedro Martín
  • Jesús María Ortiz
Research Article


This paper describes findings in the characterization of 300 accessions in a collection of common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) in Honduras. The plant material was collected from 1990 to 1994 (4 years before the damaging Mitch Hurricane) covering most of the Departments of the country and kept at the Escuela Agrícola Panamericana Zamorano. Thirty-two morpho-agronomical characters were evaluated and the results were grouped by classes. The studied accessions showed a marked diversity with high predominance of red and small seeds. The accessions with purple flowers had black seeds and originate mainly from the western area of the country where this type of seed is preferred. Principal Component Analysis shows that clearly defined groups do not exist. The conservation of this diversity is recommended for future propagation, breeding and the investigation of the genetic relationships and other studies.


Common bean Diversity ‘Frijol común’ Landraces Phaseolus vulgaris Qualitative characters Quantitative characters 



We thank the personnel from the Bean Research Program at Zamorano and the Dirección de Ciencia y Tecnología Agropecuaria (DICTA) from Honduras. Also to the Goverment of Spain through the Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (Dra. María Teresa Dobao) and the Centro Internacional de la Papa (Dra. Mercedes Suito).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Narcizo Meza
    • 1
  • Juan Carlos Rosas
    • 2
  • Juan Pedro Martín
    • 3
  • Jesús María Ortiz
    • 3
  1. 1.Dirección Ciencia y Tecnología Agropecuaria (DICTA)TegucigalpaHonduras
  2. 2.Escuela Agrícola PanamericanaPrograma Investigación de Frijol (PIF)El ZamoranoHonduras
  3. 3.Biología VegetalUniversidad Politécnica MadridMadridSpain

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