Lead Scientist, Global Plant Breeding
PhD in Plant Breeding & Agronomy, University of Illinois, USA
Vegetable breeding, tomato breeding
Peter Hanson (USA) is the Center's Breeding Theme leader. He has extensive international experience in vegetable breeding, with a particular focus on tomato and crucifers. He works on the development of fresh market and processing tomato inbred lines and hybrids for the tropics, with emphasis on heat tolerance and multiple disease resistance, particularly begomoviruses, bacterial wilt, and late blight. Prior to joining the Center in 1993 he worked at Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT) in Colombia and at Egerton University in Kenya.