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TOMATO VARIETIES – DO WE NEED SO MANY?

Simon Crawford, plant breeder and managing director of Burpee Europe, argues the case for new varieties of tomato and surveys the current tomato breeding landscape
Cherry tomato ‘Rosella’

Gardeners and seed trade colleagues often ask me the same question: “Do we really need all these different varieties of tomatoes?” My answer is always: “Yes we do!” I firmly believe that plant selection and breeding is a key human activity, developed since mankind first settled the Euphrates and Tigris valleys more than 7000 years ago.The focus of those early plant breeders was cereals whereas today we work on nearly all agricultural and horticultural crops.

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