Using Biotech to Breed the Perfect Tomato

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Dr. Kevin Folta interviews Dr. Harry Klee, a molecular biologist at the University of Florida. The interview with Dr. Klee starts at about the 5:45 mark. He discusses why tomatoes in the supermarket do not taste as well as people would like and what his group is doing to solve that problem. In general they are using molecular markers to to move genes positively associated with taste into modern commercial varieties that have disease resistance, high yields and good shelf life. Dr. klee’s homepage is available here.

Dr. Klee has released two varieties at this point called Garden Gem and Garden Treasure. You can purchase seeds of these tomatoes from the University of Florida here.

The podcast also includes an interview Chelsea Boonstra, a agronomy student at the University of Manitoba. Chelsea produced a video about her family farm.