Brassica napus L. var. napobrassica (Swede)

Crop Type: Garden Crop

Breeding system: Predominantly allogamous

Brassica crops are used for human nutrition; they include important vegetable crops such as B. oleracea (broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower) and B. rapa (Chinese cabbage, pak choi and turnip) as well as oilseed crops such as B. napus, B. juncea and B. rapa which collectively provide 12% of the world edible vegetable oil production (Labana and Gupta 1993).

B. napus L. var. Napobrassica (swede or rutabaga) is a winter root crop cultivated as feed or food. It is commonly cultivated in the Scandinavian countries and UK.

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