Due to moringa's impressive nutritional benefits as well as the water-purifying abilities of its seed, there is no shortage of interest in this crop. ECHO distributes huge amounts of moringa seed each year. However, there is still a shortage of information regarding the regional availability and suitability of moringa lines, whether those that have been selectively bred, such as PKM 1 and PKM 2, or landraces (local/traditional varieties developed mostly by local processes).
The ECHO Asia Seed Bank is pleased to host a moringa variety trial being conducted by Dr. Ricky Bates, Associate Professor of Horticulture at Penn State University. In late May, Dr. Bates and members of the ECHO Asia team established seedlings from 20 lines of moringa. From these selections, he hopes to select varieties that grow and perform particularly well in the sub-humid, tropical climate of northern Thailand. We look forward to sharing results in the coming months and years.