Tomatoes/Peppers

Expert encourages breeding of tastier tomatoes in different environments

A University of Florida tomato expert is calling on researchers worldwide to use genetics to help farmers grow tastier tomatoes in many geographic locations. Consumers crave tasty tomatoes, but the trick comes in growing flavorful... more »

New Mexico chile pepper conference will be Feb. 3-4

The New Mexico State University Chile Pepper Institute's 2020 New Mexico Chile Conference will be held Feb. 3-4 at its new location, the Las Cruces Convention Center. Las Cruces Convention Center is located at 680... more »

Mexican tomato exporters claim produce is free of virus

Mexican tomatoes being detained at the border for longer inspections is "unjustified," according to agricultural officials in Mexico. According to a report from Yahoo Finance, Víctor Villalobos Arámbula, Mexico's secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development... more »

‘Christmas Lights’ ornamental peppers bred

John Stommel is a plant geneticist, but he should probably be known as Professor Pepper. Stommel has devoted much of his 30-year career at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to breeding and releasing unique pepper varieties... more »

California awards over $1.1M for proactive IPM

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has awarded a total of $1,110,283 funding for three projects to be administered through the Office of Pesticide Consultation and Analysis (OPCA) Proactive Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Solutions... more »

Tomato plants repel pathogens with ‘vaccine’ to boost defense system

Scientists knew that plants wage chemical war against bacterial, viral and fungal infections. Now they’ve learned how to “vaccinate” tomato plants with a natural chemical to boost their defenses against a pest that makes leaves... more »

ITC: Mexican tomato dumping threatens US growers

In a unanimous decision on Nov. 22, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) made an affirmative determination that dumped Mexican tomato imports threaten the U.S. industry with material injury. This determination comes on the heels... more »

Researchers ID an accomplice to late blight

Descendants of the fungus-like pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine in the 1840s – Phytophthora infestans – may have had a "helping hand" in recent U.S. outbreaks of the costly blight disease. Reporting in the September 2019... more »


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