The Israeli based company TomaTech is making great progress in the fight against ToBRFV. Starting next season, commercial varieties with intermediate resistance will be available. These include date tomatoes, midi plum and a number of colored varieties, both loose and on the vine.
This variety renewal starts with the date variety Dormaplum, which is described by TomaTech as the perfect tomato. It is very sweet, with a bright color and a uniform size, a weight of 16 grams and a Brix degree between 9 and 10. The balance between sweetness, acidity and structure is excellent.
The plant has an extraordinary high yield, suitable for long cycles and ideal for unheated greenhouses. TomaTech recommends grafting with two buds, and can be transplanted between the end of August and October.
The tomatoes have a long shelf life and are resistant to ToMV, Ff, TYLCV, ToBRFV. For those interested, seeds are available for trials.
Dormaplum, moreover, is a variety launched in southern Europe in 2020 which, despite numerous difficulties and limitations due to Covid-19, is proving to be an exceptional agronomic and commercial success.
For those who are instead looking for larger fruits, TomaTech offers cluster plums - still in the research phase - which seem very promising and are already available for long cycles with transplanting in August/October in Sicily and springtime in Lazio and Campania. Here too, free samples are available on request. To complete the current ToBRFV resistant/tolerant variety range there are three coloured specialities: 'Tomelody', 'Cantando' and 'Tiny Tom Orange'.
Tomelody stands out for its sweetness, a tasty lemon-colored date variety with a distinctive shape and rich flavor. Perfect as a snack, light and healthy. High yield with more than 25 fruits per cluster of 15-17 grams each. The plant is resistant to Fol:0, ToMV, ToBRFV and is extremely versatile and suitable for all seasons.
Cantando is an orange date tomato with a high palatability, a Brix value between 8 and 10 and a smooth texture. The plant is very generative, well balanced with short internodes and resistant against Vd, Fol:0.1, ToMV, Mj, ToBRFV. The variety is suitable for transplanting between September and October.
Tiny Tom Orange is a sweet, fruity and aromatic orange date tomato. They weigh only 12 grams and have a Brix value ranging from 9 to 10. The variety is resistant to Vd, Fol:0.1, ToMV, Mj and ToBRFV.
"At TomaTech, we are aware that the fight against ToBRFV is far from over, but we are confident in the work done. We are now able to launch these promising varieties and more will follow. So far, we have a valuable tool to contain this disease," said the TomaTech research team.
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