Blight-resistant Tomatoes Developed 16 Dec 2014
Bangor University, in conjunction with the not-for-profit Sarvari Research Trust and plant breeders Burpee Europe, have developed a new, hardy tomato variety.
The new tomato, marketed as Crimson Crush, produces good quality fruit and has a natural resistance to late blight. This has been a particular problem in the UK due to the wet summers of recent years.
The work, carried out as part of a KESS programme, used non-GM selection methods to transfer blight-resistant genes from wild tomato plants. By identifying and selecting molecular markers responsible for the required traits, the selection and development of a commercially viable new variety of hardy tomato is significantly speeded up.