NMSU unique research program works to breed a better onion
New Mexico State University is trying to work on developing resistance to pests and diseases in regards to onions. NMSU has an Onion Breeding Program directed by Chris Cramer that has worked on developing 29 cultivars. “The thrips are attracted to the leaf color and wax, and tend to reproduce more in drier conditions. Higher temperatures with more thrips equal bad signs for the plant,” says Cramer.