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ToBRFV Resistance Research Update

Jennifer Polanz

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario, Canada, recently released an update on collaborative efforts to test and verify Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus-resistant breeding in tomatoes on the vine (TOV).

Article ImageThe team there has been involved in two efforts to combat the virus, according to the update, including a collaboration with researchers at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), a TOV breeding program in Canada, to screen Vineland’s collection of tomato lines for ToBRFV resistance. A second partnership is with two global seed companies to screen a wide collection of tomatoes in Europe for resistance.

“If current efforts are successful, it is anticipated that Vineland will be able to begin testing new, high-yielding varieties in commercial greenhouses in two years, using the newly identified resistance and breeding tools,” the announcement says.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Vineland’s research efforts. The organization has been working for nearly 10 years to create a greenhouse TOV breeding program in partnership with the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) and AAFC.

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