Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) has partnered with Eminent Seeds to produce and distribute the seeds for the first three varieties of greenhouse-grown tomatoes-on-the-vine (TOVs). The Netherlands-based company is a trusted leader in breeding and marketing high-performing and unique varieties of tomatoes that can be grown all over the world.
The first commercial crop of these new TOVs with improved flavour and production traits is expected in 2020.
“We now have a commercial outlet for the varieties Vineland has been developing,” said Ian Potter, Vineland’s president and CEO. “It’s a significant step toward making the results of our tomato breeding program widely available to participant growers and the entire industry.”
Vineland’s new varieties have been more than six years in the making, thanks to a valued research partnership with Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) to develop hybrid varieties of greenhouse tomatoes with new and differentiated flavour profiles.
The new varieties have been bred to suit Canada’s unique greenhouse growing conditions with disease resistance characteristics growers expect. They also boast higher yields than the varieties currently grown in Canada for commercial production. Consumers have also been heavily involved in the process, providing Vineland researchers with input on preferred aroma, taste and texture. That information was used to guide Vineland’s tomato breeding program.
Source: Vineland Research and Innovation Centre October 16, 2019 news release