a1 Division of Vegetable Crops, The Volcani Institute of Agricultural Research, Bet Dagan, Israel
The quality of bean pods was influenced to a large degree by the variety, season of planting and the precise time of harvesting. The varieties Tenderette, Executive and Bush Blue Lake 274 were outstanding in their concentrated yield and pod quality. The development of seeds in the pods was faster in beans planted during the spring than in the autumn. Thickening of the pods during ripening was more rapid in the autumn than in the spring season. Outstanding differences were found between varieties with regard to the speed of seed development during pod ripening. As opposed to the outstanding differences between varieties with regard to quality characteristics, the differences with regard to yield were generally small and without economic importance.
(Accepted January 20 1970)
* Contribution from the Volcani Institute of Agricultural Research, Bet Dagan, Israel, 1969 Series No. 1513-E.