Although India’s seed industry is well advanced in applying molecular technologies for plant breeding, there is still a lot of room to learn from the World Vegetable Center’s 40 years of experience in developing improved tomato lines.
India is the world’s second-largest tomato producer but processes less than 1% of its harvest. To ensure tomato growers, processors and consumers benefit from the best tomato fruit available, the World Vegetable Center shared two top-performing dual purpose (fresh market and processing) tomato breeding lines with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) - Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) on 24 June 2019 at GIC-India headquarters in Bengaluru.
Researchers studying diseases of the world’s most beloved fruit vegetable meet to grapple with climate change as a driving force affecting production of this popular crop.
Using WorldVeg tomato breeding line AVTO1003 (CLN3125L), Rijk Zwaan Breeding B.V. developed a new semi-determinate plum tomato variety ‘Jarrah RZ F1 (71 102)’ specifically for the African market. ‘Jarrah’ has good vigor and canopy color, and produces firm fruit with uniform color, weighing 80-100 g. The variety is resistant to Tomato mosaic virus (ToMV) and Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV). ‘Jarrah’ is another example of how WorldVeg germplasm, breeding consortia, and collaborations in Africa and Asia benefit farmers and consumers!
Africa Vegetable Breeding Consortium -- APSA-WorldVeg Vegetable Breeding Consortium
Whole-genome resequencing of tomato to identify genes associated with durable resistance to bacterial wilt (Ralstonia solanacerum)
This project will develop molecular markers for increased efficiency in breeding for bacterial wilt resistance.
Project Concern International staff at WorldVeg Eastern and Southern Africa, Arusha Tanzania
Every farmer has a “secret recipe” for tomato growing success. An integral part of a high yield is proper tomato plant nutrition. Giving a plant the right nutrition at the right time will not only increase fruit yield, it will also help prevent damage from diseases and pests.
UNLEASHING THE ECONOMIC POWER OF VEGETABLES IN AFRICA
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Tomato is India’s second most important vegetable crop, next to potato. And now ‘Arka Rakshak’, a new F1 fresh market and processing tomato hybrid with resistance to three major tomato diseases, is available for farmers eager to supply India’s growing demand. The variety was developed by the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) by crossing one of their advanced breeding lines with an advanced breeding line sourced from the World Vegetable Center. Tomato leaf curl virus, bacterial wilt and early blight are among the most difficult tomato diseases to manage as there are no chemical treatments available to stop their spread. Building resistance into a variety is the most effective -- and cost-effective -- approach to tomato disease management. ‘Arka Rakshak’ produces medium to large (80-100 g), deep red, very firm fruits with good keeping quality (15-20 days) and transportability. Farmers can expect yields of 90-100 t/ha. WorldVeg provides the important breeding materials partners need to produce vigorous, pest-and disease-resistant varieties with tolerance to heat, drought, flooding and other environmental conditions farmers typically encounter in the field. Congratulations to IIHR!
From disease-resistant tomato to high-performance chili, WorldVeg is the source for improved vegetables in India.