Seed & Cultivars

Targets

  • The development of cultivars which require less production inputs e.g. can be grown at lower temperatures, are more efficient at photosynthesising, have a structural architecture that is more favourable for automation and/ or labour reduction.

  • The development of cultivars which have a higher nutritional value, better flavour and longer shelf-life.

  • The development of cultivars which have a wider range of pest, disease and viral resistances to further assist in the overall aim of being a pesticide free industry.

  • The development of bespoke UK specific (conventional and organic) cultivars.

  • New Product Development.

Strategies

  • Facilitate consultation with seed houses to stimulate interest in TGA Targets in this area.

  • Keep up to date with novel plant breeding technologies.

  • Form a tomato breeding club and encourage smaller seedhouses to research novel Tomato cultivars.

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Fact 09

Did You Know?

British Tomato growers use an army of over 100 million beneficial predatory bugs to help balance glasshouse ecosystems where pests are controlled by predators and so are present at a level below those causing economic damage and thus reducing, to virtually zero, the need to use any pesticides which if they are will be primarily biological in origin.

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