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Mangoes date back 65 million years according to research ...

Experts at the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany (BSIP) here have traced the origin of mango to the hills of Meghalaya, India from a 65 million year-old fossil of a mango leaf. 

The earlier fossil records of mango (Mangifera indica) from the Northeast and elsewhere were 25 to 30 million years old. The 'carbonized leaf fossil' from Damalgiri area of Meghalaya hills, believed to be a mango tree from the peninsular India, was found by Dr R. C. Mehrotra, senior scientist, BSIP and his colleagues. 

After careful analysis of the fossil of the mango leaf and leaves of modern plants, the BISP scientist found many of the fossil leaf characters to be similar to mangifera.

An extensive study of the anatomy and morphology of several modern-day species of the genus mangifera with the fossil samples had reinforced the concept that its centre of origin is Northeast India, from where it spread into neighbouring areas, says Dr. Mehrotra. 

The genus is believed to have disseminated into neighb…

Mangoes are expected to be dear as Gudi Pavda Festival comes early this year ....

King of fruits will be pricey this time

Source: Ashish Jadhav, DNA | Last Updated 06:04(23/03/12)

Pune: Skyrocketing prices of mangoes have dashed the hope of the common man to celebrate Gudi Padva, the Hindu new year, by offering the fruit to God and tasting it for the first time in the season.

Prolonged winter season that delayed the blossoming of mango leading to late arrival of the fruit in the market and the advanced date of celebrating this festival this year has affected the demand-supply ratio.

Last year, Gudi Padva was celebrated on April 4. Considered as the most auspicious day and one of the three-and-a-half muhartas of the year, many Hindus offer mango as prasad to God on Gudi Padva. However, the short supply has shot the price of mangoes to Rs 1,200-Rs 1,800 per dozen in the retail market.

Nath Khaire, a wholesale trader in Market Yard said, “We received around 300 boxes of Alphonso variety containing 5-6 dozens in each box. Presently, only the stock from Ratnagiri is avai…

Pollen count up in South Florida as mango trees release spores ....

Allergy Season Arrived Early And With a Vengeance

Your sniffles might not be a cold – pollen could be the culprit

By Diana Gonzalez
| Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 | Updated 10:40 PM EDT

NBC Miami

If you have allergies, you might want to avoid exercising outdoor first thing in the morning.

Exercising outdoors first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day.

However, if you have allergies, you might want to avoid the outdoors from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., Dr. Michael Pacin says.

"All the plants tend to release their pollen at that time of day. That is the time of day when there is the most pollen in the air," said Pacin, the founder of the Florida Center for Allergy and Asthma Care.

Oak trees are the main source of pollen problems right now. Mango blossoms got an early start.

"Mango trees start pollenating as early as December. What's the middle of winter to the rest of the country, is the beginning of spring here in South Florida," Pacin added.

It's a particularly ba…

Rains in Piura, Peru may alter crop output next season (2012/2013)....

Fungi to hit Peruvian mango and lemon production in 2013

March 23rd, 2012

A Peruvian growers group says the presence of fungi caused by wet weather will lead to lower mango and lemon production next season, website reported.

San Lorenzo (Piura) Irrigation Users Board president Tito Flores Merino told the website the damages had affected both domestic and export-oriented fruit.

“The problem we have is that due to rains and temperature changes, plants such as mangoes and lemons have mold problems, which will cause a further decrease in production for next year,” Flores Merino was quoted as saying.

He said around 14,000ha of mangoes and 8,000ha of lemons were affected.

Flores Merino added the anthracnose fungus was affecting the remaining 5,000 metric tons (MT) of mangoes, with around half the production that is left with spots and inappropriate for human consumption.

The board has predicted that the fungus will lead to a 30% lower crop than that recorded in 2010, noting that the 201…

EMEX DATA: Pack out by State through March 21, 2012 ...

By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)
Vista, California

March 22, 2012

EMEX has just released the latest report (D-54) from the various States in Mexico currently shipping mangoes to the USA market.

As Chiapas and Oaxaca enter the final stage of Ataulfo harvest, volumes will drop rapidly from those two states.

Now Michoacan will pick up volume and sheds in Nayarit and Jalisco will start to ship more volume of redskin fruit. That is still about three weeks away. Currently Michoacan and Nayarit are providing the volume of redskin fruit for the USA market which is starting to pick up.

Here is EMEX's report on State by Stae pack outs both for week 12 through March 21, 2012 and the accumulated totals.

Semana 12, del 18 al 24 de Marzo de 2012Acumulado General Temporada 2012EstadoVariedadCalibreTotal CajasTotal %EstadoVariedadCalibreTotal CajasTotal %ChiapasATAULFO108040.61%ChiapasATAULFO1013,1940.47%1213,77310.53%12212,4717.6…

EMEX DATA: Side by side comparison of week 12 (Through March 21, 2012) versus accumulated totals by cultivar ...

By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)
Vista, California

March 22, 2012

Volume is really picking up during week 12 of the 2012 season out of  Mexico, as over 10% of the season total has been packed out in the first three days of the week.(Through March 21, 2012)

This data indicates that the volume of ataulfo mangoes coming out of Mexico is dropping off as a percentage of the total.

Which also means that the redskins are finally starting to kick in during the past week (12) which is what the markets were waiting for. This will ultimately bring the price for redskins down from the present high levels in the marketplace.

Ataulfo FOBs at the Border have been in the $4.00 per carton range with redskins commanding a premium in the $7.00 range.

With Mexico kicking in redskins and Nicaragua and Costa Rica shipping limited volume, by the time Guatemala come in, prices should head south from present levels.

Semana 12, del 18 al 24 de Mar…