Dr. Samuel F. Hutton

Research: Tomato Breeding and Genetics

Dr. Hutton’s tomato breeding program is heavily applied—with the main goal of developing improved parents and hybrids specifically adapted to Florida’s environment and relevant to the industry’s needs.

Genetic studies use molecular tools to characterize valuable traits, which then inform breeding decisions and aid in selection strategies. Molecular markers are routinely used to improve selection efficiencies, especially for several traits that are difficult to phenotype. Many of the goals of the program are in common with the research program of Dr. John Scott, with whom Dr. Hutton works closely.

Common research goals include:

  • Improved fruit quality (appearance, flavor and nutritional value)
  • Increased size and yield of marketable fruit
  • Development of machine-harvestable, fresh market cultivars
  • Improved heat-tolerant fruit setting ability
  • Resistance to major viral, fungal and bacterial diseases present in Florida
  • Resistance to the fruit disorder, graywall
Dr. Samuel F. Hutton

Assistant Professor, Tomato Breeding and Genetics, Horticultural Sciences Department