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Breeding and Genetics

Tomato Leaf Types Part 4 of 6

This leaf type is my most favorite of all, and that’s because it can be so beautiful. The variegated leaf is one that has some known genetic findings as well as some mysteries left for us to discover. The main gene associated with variegated leaves is the albescent (alb) gene, which is another recessive type […]

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Interview with Joe Cannistraci

Creating a Tomato Community and Culture There’s no doubt about it, Joe Cannistraci is passionate about tomatoes. You could even say tomato sauce runs in his veins. Born in New York and raised in the Garden State of New Jersey, Cannistraci first started growing tomatoes with his Sicilian grandfather in his large backyard garden. And […]

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Breeding and Genetics

Involvement in Breeder’s Grow Outs

In 2018 I participated in two separate grow outs: Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, and Dwarf Tomato Project with Craig Lehoullier from North Carolina. Requirements In order to participate in the Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) you need to be a member. Depending on your choice of membership, it will cost approximately $25 for an […]

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Tomato Culture

Changing Young Lives through Culinary Careers

Careers through Culinary Arts Program names Karen Brosius as new president The Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) and Board Co-Chairs Marcus Samuelsson, award-winning chef and owner of the acclaimed Red Rooster Harlem restaurant and cookbook author, and Mark Weiss, chief investment officer of RFR Holding LLC, proudly announce that Karen Brosius has been appointed […]

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Pest and Disease Control Strategies

There are a number of potential diseases, insect and nematode pests that can cause significant damage to tomatoes (see list at end of article). Pest damage can range from decreases in fruit yield or quality to plant death. This article outlines the three general strategies for managing these pests. In the reference section Cornell has […]

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Breeding and Genetics

Why You Should Cull Most of Your Seedlings

My name is Lukas Wallmann of Uttendorf, Austria where I live in a tough 900 meter-high climate that is cold, windy and wet. I love to breed and test the limits of tomato resiliency. I throw away more than 90% of my seedlings- they may look good, but they are not great genetically. I normally […]

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