AgriLife researcher starting program to produce spinach and tomatoes in Texas

The revival of the once thriving vegetable production industry in South Texas will begin with the development of new tomato and spinach varieties designed to perform well in the area’s harsh conditions, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist.

Dr. Carlos Avila, a vegetable breeder at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco, said work has already begun to combine favorable traits from various tomato and spinach cultivars and germplasm. Continue reading

Southeastern Scientists Use USDA Funding to Protect Tomatoes from Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus

Last year was one that many Georgia tomato growers won’t easily forget, when whiteflies swarmed over their tomato fields and left a destructive virus to race through their crop. Now having discovered firsthand the consequences of being unprepared for tomato yellow leaf curl virus, growers are turning to Georgia scientists for solutions. Researchers at the University of Georgia are working to find out more about the insect that transmits the virus, as well as some solutions that will give growers a marketable crop.

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