Tomato Core Collection Workshop July 26-31, 2009
The coming season is all about seeing what we “fished” out of the core collection screens and establishing diversity panels for traits that are important for tomato agriculture. The involvement of other EU-SOL labs in phenotyping the panels forms a strong basis for further discovery and innovation.
During the last week of July, there will be a tomato field workshop. We start on 26.7.09 at noon. Then each day we begin phenotyping at 6 AM until 1 PM. After siesta we will continue with lectures and discussions over food and wine– all this until Friday 31.7.09 in the morning. We also plan a trip to Nazareth.
The EU-SOL core collection (CC) of ~7000 accessions has been established and screened in the past two seasons in Akko. Dr. Richard Finkers (the Netherlands) and Roni Tadmor – a graduate student from Israel - are arranging the results to date in the EU-SOL searchable database with more than 5000 images and 15 phenotypic categories. The core collection recently formed the basis for the discovery of the making of a compound inflorescence in tomato and related nightshades (Lippman et al. PLoS Biol 6(11): e288).