Florida Organic Growers and UF/IFAS Host Successful Workshop

Abigail Taylor Tomatoes, Top Posts

Florida Organic Growers partnered with the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) to host the Integrated Organic Tomato Production Workshop on May 15 in Citra. The workshop covered several topics, including organic high-tunnel tomato production, tomato grafting methods and postharvest sanitation of tomatoes. Attendees were able to listen to presentations by researchers…

Southwest Florida Struggles with Whiteflies and Drought

Abigail Taylor Pests, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Watermelon

The drought is not the only problem Florida tomato and watermelon growers are facing this season. Gene McAvoy, regional vegetable Extension agent with the University of Florida, said whitefly pressure has proliferated and become a big problem for growers. Florida’s relatively warm winter this past year has caused tremendous pest pressure (especially whiteflies) now in…

UF/IFAS Breeder Develops Genetic Path to Tastier Tomatoes

Kelsey Fry Tomatoes, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu Source: Harry Klee, 352-392-8249, hjklee@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla, Jan. 26, 2017 --- Some consumers crave tastier tomatoes than those they buy at the supermarket, so a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researcher led a global team of scientists that found chemical combinations for better flavor.   In a…

UF Tomato Research Trials: Jointless Ground Tomatoes

Kayla Mercer Research, Tomatoes, Top Posts

The University of Florida (UF) has been involved in ongoing tomato research over the years with the objective of aiding growers in production and cost efficiencies. The initial goal of university researchers was to breed a tomato plant that can be grown on the ground without staking or tying, which can be achieved with traditional…

Tomatoes Resistant to Bacterial Spot

Kelsey Fry Tomatoes, Top Posts

The Bs2 gene, which occurs naturally in peppers, has shown to provide excellent disease control in tomatoes. The Two Blades Foundation, a charitable scientific organization, which holds an exclusive license to the Bs2 gene, has collaborated with the University of Florida to breed tomatoes with the Bs2 transgene to further study the effects on the gene in…