The UF Tomato Breeding and Genetics program utilizes traditional breeding methods to develop improved hybrids and breeding lines adapted to Florida, and to understand the genetic control of important traits. Each year, approximately 50,000 plants are evaluated and selected for advancing based on several characteristics including: yield, vine strength, disease resistance, fruit size and quality (flavor, color, texture, firmness, resistance to cracking, etc.), disease and others.
There are eight private breeding programs developing tomato varieties for Florida. Most of these companies rely to some extent on the UF tomato breeding program as a supplier of improved germplasm, parents of commercial hybrids, and/or finished hybrid cultivars.
- Dr. J.W. Scott
- Dr. Samuel Hutton
- Dr. Shinsuke Agehara
- Lab Members
- UF Tomato Breeding Program
- Tomato Genetics Cooperative/Tomato Breeder’s Roundtable
- Tomato Genetics Resource Center
- Florida Tomato Committee
- Florida Foundation Seed Producers, Inc.
- SOL Genomics Network
- USDA-ARS Germplasm Resources Information Network
- Protected Ag Information Network (PAINet)
- Facebook: HortCloud