Tomatoes/Peppers

Artificial intelligence used in hybrid tomato breeding

Agtech company Seed-X, which specializes in seed qualification during the breeding process, and TomaTech, a tomato seed breeding company, recently announced a pilot program of seed analysis using artificial intelligence.... more »

Researchers identify the genetic underpinnings of modern tomato

It’s summer, and Georgia gardeners are anxiously awaiting their first tomato harvest. Just in time for those first tomato sandwiches, researchers at the University of Georgia have helped unlock the mystery of what separates today’s... more »

AppHarvest secures $82 million to build eastern Kentucky greenhouse

AppHarvest said May 21 it has closed an $82 million deal with Equilibrium Capital to build the company’s 60-acre greenhouse in Morehead, Kentucky. In addition, ValueAct Spring Fund has led the company’s Series A, with... more »

Flea beetles feeding, tomato early blight seen in Pennsylvania

I visited a few tomato fields this week and found 2 to 4-week-old tomato plants with some early blight (Alternaria solani) and in some cases bad early blight lesions. This is very early in the... more »

Tomato genome research may make bringing flavor back easier

Almost everyone agrees that store-bought tomatoes don't have much flavor. Now, scientists from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) may have spotlighted the solution in a paper just published in Nature Genetics. Molecular... more »

‘A new Tomato Suspension Agreement needs strong enforcement provisions’

Michael Schadler, executive vice president, Florida Tomato Exchange, issued the following statement regarding the Tomato Suspension Agreement: "On May 10, the Commerce Department presented the U.S. tomato industry and the Mexican tomato industry with a “take it... more »

PMA, FPAA, Tomato Exchange respond to termination of Tomato Suspension Agreement

A variety of produce industry groups responded to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s May 7 termination of the agreement suspending the antidumping investigation on fresh tomatoes from Mexico. The Produce Marketing Association issued the following statement: "Trade... more »

Report: US to impose 17.5 percent tariff on Mexican tomato imports

There has been much discussion surrounding the withdrawal of the Tomato Suspension Agreement in recent months and on May 7, 90 days after the initial termination announcement, Reuters reported the United States will impose a... more »


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