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)
- Ozores-Hampton M., E.J. McAvoy, S. Sargent and P. Roberts. 2010. Evaluation of tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) and fusarium crown rot (FCR) resistant tomato variety in commercial conditions in Southwest Florida. Florida Tomato Inst. Proc. PRO 527:11-15
- Stansly, P., M. Ozores-Hampton, and B. Kostyk. 2011. Insecticides and resistant varieties for management of whiteflies and TYLCV. The Vegetarian Newsletter 568. Nov. 26 Mar. 2012
- Identification of weed reservoirs of tomato yellow leaf curl virus in Florida
- Methods of controlling tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) and its vector Bemisia tabaci in the Maltese islands
- Partial characterization and host range of tomato yellow leaf curl virus in south Florida
- Screening for resistance to tomato yellow leaf curl virus (China)
- Screening tomato for resistance to tomato yellow leaf curl virus (Vietnam)
- Tomato yellow leaf curl resistant varieties available now and future outlook from the IFAS breeding programs
- Tomato yellow leaf curl virus revisited
- Tomato yellow leaf curl virus resistant tomato variety trials
- TYLCV resistant tomato cultivar trial and Whitefly control
- Ozores-Hampton, M., E. McAvoy, S. Olson, K. Cushman, and N. Roe. 2011. Tomato varieties for Florida “red rounds, plums, cherries, and grapes. EDIS HS-1189, 26 Mar. 2012.
- Olson, S.M., P.J. Dittmar, G.E. Vallad, S.E. Webb, S.A. Smith, E.J. McAvoy, B.M. Santos, and M. Ozores-Hampton. 2012. Tomato production in Florida. EDIS HS739, 16 June 2012. (Revised 2011).
- Ozores-Hampton, M., C. Vavrina, and A. Coelho Frasca. 2012. Growing heirloom tomato varieties in Southwest Florida. EDIS HS-921, 10 Mar. 2012.