Topping-off for Tomato Breeding
NC State’s tomato breeding efforts, led by Dilip Panthee, just got a boost in the form of a new 1440-square-foot greenhouse at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center.
Plant Aid: A GRIP4PSI Big-Data Project to Detect Plant Diseases Faster
An interdisciplinary team led by professor Jean Ristaino will combine small sensors with big data for faster detection of the diseases plaguing tomato fields. From a hand-held plant disease ‘sniffer’ to a cloud-based database that can alert farmers about the cause of the stress and suggest possible mitigation strategies, the project aims to detect diseases early, improving yield.
Greenhouse Vegetable Growers Support N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative
In honor of NC State’s past support and continued partnership, the North Carolina Greenhouse Vegetable Growers’ Association has donated $7,000 to the N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative.
NC State scientists are exploring the molecular-level processes that cause tomatoes to ripen, and what they find could have big implications for a range of traits -- from flavor to firmness -- in fruit-bearing crops.
Scientists Breed Better Fresh Market Tomatoes
NC State's tomato breeding program delivers more flavorful and disease-resistant tomatoes for farmers and home gardeners alike.
Project Explores New Possibilities for Grafted Plants
NC State University-led projects are giving growers more choices when it comes to using grafted tomato and cucurbit plants.
Guilford’s Great Tomato Festival offers 33 varieties for tasting
This summer’s tomato season got off to a slow start, with cooler spring temperatures and heavier-than-normal rainfall. But that didn’t stop tomato lovers from turning out for the fourth annual Great Tomato Festival in Greensboro, organized by N.C. Cooperative Extension in Guilford County and N.C. A&T State University.
Late blight is early again this year
Late blight, a serious disease of tomatoes and potatoes, has been confirmed in North Carolina, according to N.C. State University's Plant Disease and Insect Clinic and two Cooperative Extension plant pathology specialists.
Tradition meets innovation in CALS scientist’s tomato breeding efforts
Using a combination of new tools and time-honored techniques, Dr. Dilip Panthee is carrying on N.C. State University’s strong tradition in plant breeding, developing hardier, higher-yielding plants for North Carolina’s $30-million-a-year tomato industry.
Tomato growers take note, late blight is early this year
Late blight, a plant disease that can kill tomato plants, has been found on North Carolina tomatoes earlier in the growing season this year than usual, and home gardeners who grow tomatoes may want to be aware of the threat.