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.
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.
Did You Know?
In the UK, we eat 6oz (160g) of fresh tomatoes per person per week. This is the equivalent of two classic British tomatoes per week, or more than 100 per year - very low compared with other European countries, especially those in the Mediterranean region.