Tomato Farming News

  • Participatory breeding program assists organic tomato growers

    Organic tomato production is growing rapidly in Midwestern states in the US, as evidenced by a USDA study that found certified organic tomato production increased more than 277% in the region from 2007-2011. The authors of a report in the September 2015 issue of HortScience say that to keep up with high consumer demand, organic tomato growers need to identify cultivars that are well-adapted to ...

  • Abscisic acid treatments can prevent tomato blossom-end rot

    Plants are subjected to numerous environmental stresses -- drought, extreme temperatures, and excess light can all affect plant growth and quality. Looking for methods to improve the quality of tomato plants, researchers at the University of Tennessee turned to abscisic acid, a plant hormone known to help plants acclimate to these types of severe environmental stresses. The research results and ...

  • Vermicompost leachate improves tomato seedling growth

    Worldwide, drought conditions, extreme temperatures, and high soil saline content all have negative effects on tomato crops. These natural processes reduce soil nutrient content and lifespan, result in reduced plant growth and yield, and ultimately translate to lower profits for tomato producers. As an alternative to unsustainable practices such as the use of synthetic fertilizers, producers are ...

  • British tomatoes - the best of the best!

    2014 has just witnessed the 9th Tastiest Tomato Competition, sponsored by Marks and Spencer, organised by the British Tomato Growers’ Association and held at the National Fruit Show in Kent. Staged towards the end of the British tomato season, there was no shortage of entries in four separate classes at the show, ranging from tiny cherries to juicy beefsteaks, proof of the skill of British ...


    By Tomato Growers Association

  • Wild Tomato Species Focus of Antioxidant Study

    Tomatoes are known to be rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C, lycopene, β-carotene, and phenolics. Antioxidants, substances capable of delaying or inhibiting oxidation processes caused by free radicals, are of interest to consumers for their health-related contributions, and to plant breeders for their ability to provide plants with natural resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses. While ...

  • Reviving Nepal with hybrid tomatoes

    Five years ago, diseases and storms during the monsoon season would wipe out the majority of Nepalese tomato plantations. Discouraged, Nepali farmers slowly started abandoning tomato production. But the tomato is a big part of local cuisine, so Nepal had to import it from India. Horticulturist Kedar Budhathoki understood Nepali farmers’ problems. He was already leading a team of scientists ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • TGA success at the Horticultural Oscars

    Five years on from winning this prestigious award for the first time, the British Tomato Growers’ Association (TGA) were delighted to once again have their efforts recognised by being awarded the top prize in the marketing category at the recent national ‘Grower of the Year Award’ ceremony held in London, for their 2013 marketing campaign.  TGA Secretary Julie Woolley ...


    By Tomato Growers Association

  • British Tomato Growers` Assocation Conference 2013

    The British Tomato Growers’ Association Conference is taking place between the 25-26th September 2013. Clarke Energy will  be exhibiting once more at the show which will take place in the Midlands. Come visit us to learn about greenhouse CHP and our new project in Cheshire. Clarke Energy has installed over 100MW of ...


    By Clarke Energy

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