TOMRES is a Horizon 2020 project offering “A novel and integrated approach to increase multiple and combined stress tolerance in plants using tomato as a model”.
It aims to reduce N and P application by at least 20%, water input by 40%, while granting environmental sustainability and economic viability of the solutions proposed through novel genotypes X management strategies.
This relies on selecting rootstocks and scions tolerating both water and nutrient stress; as well as novel traits, in particular belowground, for a breeding exploitation. Furthermore, studying the role of selected hormones, such as strigolactones and brassinosteroids, could allow to identify further resilience traits. Laboratory research is complemented by analysis of environmental and of socio-economic impact to build a decision support system.
TOMRES has published two videos to explain to the general public its project as it is close to an end, especially focusing on the role of tomatoes in creating a sustainable crop for global production:
- The Red Fruit: What Makes Tomato So Special?
- The Different Types of Tomatoes From A Farmer’s Perspective
More scientific details are available on TOMRES website
Please disseminate these videos through your networks to scientists, companies, farmers and the general public.