Project Description

Grafting for Disease Resistance in Heirloom Tomatoes (2015)

Heirloom tomato cultivars lack genetic disease resistance and are particularly susceptible to epidemics in the field. Growers interested in this niche market, however, are not willing to give up the high-quality fruit that they deliver. Grafting can be used to unite the soilborne disease resistance and enhanced vigor of hybrid tomato cultivars with the high fruit quality of heirloom varieties.

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