|Cross to commercial F1|
epiphany in our tomato breeding program that logically sends us in a little different future direction. Here are a few things we learned this year.
Fruit quality (crack/splitting resistance, lack of catfacing, and improved shelf life) and excellent taste are not mutually exclusive. We now have several lines derived from heirloom x commercial hybrid crosses that appear to be combining the "best of both worlds". We've made the greatest progress in saladette, grape and cherry types.
|New F1 - green striped w/ red flesh|
|Orange skin - green flesh|
|Wonderful stripes - green flesh|
|red stripes on yellow?|
|Racing stripes and great flavor|
|Broad metallic green stripes|
|derived from Lucky Tiger|
|Super sweet ugly duckling|
|Piriform w metallic stripes|
|New striped heart|
I think we have been working with the so called "blue tomato" germplasm as long as anyone outside OSU - where it was invented. Although there have definitely been some cool looking tomatoes coming from our various crosses (and those we've evaluated from others) - taste has been disappointing. We continue to backcross the Aft and atv genes into our best tasting lines, and we are finally making progress in flavor
|One of our selections from Muddy Waters|
|One of several indigo striped cherry lines|
|An indigo version of Freckled Strawberry|
|Taste test winner this year - a new F1|
|The elusive Bengal Tiger|
In spite of some weird weather - too cool and wet then too hot and dry - we had a great year in our MN and PA breeding nurseries. We hope to ramp up the breeding program next year with more nursery locations to help in the evaluation of the few hundred FLF breeding lines now in development.