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Seminar: Dilip Panthee: Breeding Tomato for Disease Resistance and Fruit Quality
January 30 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Speaker: Dr. Dilip Panthee
Title: Breeding Tomato for Disease Resistance and Fruit Quality
Host: Dr. Frank Louws
Join Zoom Meeting: https://ncsu.zoom.us/j/95359873266?pwd=M0pMbGtIVStDMGtRcDNYSEErNFJ2UT09
Meeting ID: 953 5987 3266
Tomato is about a $1.4 billion industry globally, and it is a $35 million industry in NC, growing in approximately 3,200 acres per year. Important diseases in NC are bacterial wilt (BW), bacterial spot (BSx), bacterial speck (BSp), early blight (EB), fusarium wilt (FW), late blight (LB), septoria leaf spot (SLS), tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) and root-knot nematodes (RKN). While several improvements in disease resistance and fruit quality of fresh-market tomatoes have been made through extraordinary efforts in the past, we need to continue the breeding efforts to address the newly emerging issues of pests and diseases. For example, an outbreak of tomato mosaic virus (ToMV) in the summer of 2018 reinforces the importance of continuously improving tomatoes for ToMV resistance. Tomatoes have several similar issues, including bacterial, fungal, and virus diseases. We will discuss ongoing breeding efforts to address these issues in tomato using conventional and molecular breeding approaches.