Israeli genetic research, combined with the knowledge of the south-eastern Sicilian territory and of Vvibes' reference market, has been essential for the innovation of the seed sector.
The rootstock has already been implemented in the Agrigento, Ragusa and Siracusa areas. One of the companies is Az. Agricola Giovanni Barca.
Cherry tomatoes grafted on F1
"Selvaggio F1 has unique characteristics. It is highly compatible with all tomato varieties. Plants are never hyper-vigorous and therefore the characteristics of the upper tissue remain unvaried," explains agronomist Raffaele Micciché.
Mr. Barca himself wanted express his satisfaction with the rootstock during a video-interview with the company's technician.
Azienda Barca video
Another of the companies which chose to employ Selvaggio F1 is Contrade, owned by the Tardera brothers.
"Another important characteristic is the sturdiness of the rootstock. Last winter was particularly tough and we managed to test plants - they were transplanted in August and survived the cold season without problems," reports Giovanni Tardera
The performance in Calabria at the Falcone company is just as formidable. 15 hectares of Anin bunch tomatoes were chosen and, despite the different soil and climate, performances were just as excellent.
Left to right: Daniele Reina, Vvibes representative, with Giuseppe Falcone, producer from Marina di San Lorenzo (Rc).
"We observed how plants produce fruit with a deeper colour and higher Brix level. Of course this means a higher overall quality."