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.

Download Research Document PDF138.47kb

Fact 09

Did You Know?

British Tomato growers use an army of over 40 million beneficial predatory bugs called Macrolophus in summer to keep pests out of their crops, reducing the need for chemicals.

Andy Roe

Meet the grower

Andy Roe

Andy has been growing tomatoes for 26 years at Flavourfresh in Banks, near Southport Merseyside wher…

Read More