Vegetable Variety Testing Program


Evaluate yield and horticultural characteristics of tomato varieties for the Florida Industry

The program started in the spring of 2008, evaluating the horticultural performance of Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus (TYLCV)-resistant tomato varieties that were available in the U.S. market at the time. Through the years, the Tomato Variety Testing Program has broadened its focus and currently several projects are being conducted. A summary follow below.

TYLCV-, FCR-, and Late Blight-resistant tomato varieties: evaluation of the levels of disease resistance, fruit yields, and postharvest fruit quality.

Compact Growth Habit (CGH) tomato varieties: these tomatoes have bushy plant architecture and do not require staking, tying, and pruning, and can potentially be mechanically harvested, eliminating the required, expensive hand-harvest labor, decreasing labor-associated costs. Evaluation of growth, yield, and postharvest quality of CGH breeding lines that have been developed by the UF-Tomato Breeding Program are crucial to determine the adaptability to Florida production systems, cultural practices, and environmental conditions.

Grafted round, roma-type, and grape tomatoes: evaluation of rootstocks, plant population, and planting depth to facilitate the use of grafted tomato plants by Florida growers and to increase the adoption of this practice as a tool to overcome soilborne diseases and nematodes, alternatively to methyl bromide.

Heirloom varieties: due to the increasing consumer demand for fresh, fully ripe, great-tasting tomatoes, the evaluation of yield, fruit defects, and postharvest quality of heirloom tomatoes will aid growers to choose the most suitable varieties for Florida within their target market.

Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus (TYLCV): Report(s)
TYLCV: Presentation(s)
Fusarium Crown Rot: Report(s)
Heirloom: Report(s)
Heirloom: Presentation(s)