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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