Skip to main content

Open Access A holistic multi-actor approach towards the design of new tomato varieties and management practices to improve yield and quality in the face of climate change

Download Article:
 Download
(PDF 157.6 kb)
 
The world demographic growth and global climate change are major challenges for human society, hence the need to design new strategies for maintaining high crop yield in unprecedented environmental conditions. The objective of TomGEM is to design new strategies aiming to maintain high yields of fruit and vegetables at harsh temperature conditions, using tomato as a reference fleshy fruit crop. As yield is a complex trait depending on successful completion of different steps of reproductive organ development, including flower differentiation and efficient flower fertilization, TomGEM will use trans-disciplinary approaches to investigate the impact of high temperature on these developmental processes. The core of the project deals with mining and phenotyping a vast range of genetic resources to identify cultivars/genotypes displaying yield stability and to uncover loci/genes controlling flower initiation, pollen fertility and fruit set. Moreover, since high yield and elevated temperatures can be detrimental to quality traits, TomGEM will also tackle the fruit quality issue. The goal is to provide new targets and novel strategies to foster breeding of new tomato cultivars with improved yield. The main strength of TomGEM resides in the use of unique and unexplored genetic resources available to members of the consortium. It gathers expert academic researchers and private actors committed to implement a multi-actor approach based on demand driven innovation. Tomato producers and breeders are strongly involved from design to implementation of the project and until the dissemination of results. TomGEM will provide new targets and novel strategies to foster the breeding of new tomato cultivars with improved yield under suboptimal temperature conditions. TomGEM will translate scientific insights into practical strategies for better handling of interactions between genotype, environment and management to offer holistic solutions to the challenge of increasing food quality and productivity.
No References for this article.
No Supplementary Data.
No Article Media
No Metrics

Keywords: CROP YIELD; EPIGENETIC REGULATION; FLESHY FRUIT DEVELOPMENT; FLOWER INITIATION; FRUIT QUALITY; FRUIT SET; HIGH TEMPERATURE; POLLEN FERTILITY; TOMATO BREEDERS AND GROWERS; TOMATO GENETIC RESOURCES; TOMATO GERMPLASM

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 2017

More about this publication?
  • Impact is a series of high-quality, open access and free to access science reports designed to enable the dissemination of research impact to key stakeholders. Communicating the impact and relevance of research projects across a large number of subjects in a content format that is easily accessible by an academic and stakeholder audience. The publication features content from the world's leading research councils, policy groups, universities and research projects. Impact is published under a CC-BY Creative Commons licence.

  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Terms & Conditions
  • Disseminating research in Impact
  • Information about Impact
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more