NOVIC Daughter Trial: Tomatoes

Evaluating Disease Resistance, Productivity, and Flavor of Tomatoes in the PNW


Field Studies

Analyzing Ripening Dates

(Photo credit: Cornell Chronicle) The tomatoes were seeded March 13, 2017 and transplanted May 25th. As plants began fruiting and fruit began to ripen, I made sure to check each plot in each block and write down the date of… Continue Reading →

Analyzing Leaf Cover

Leaf cover scoring was very similar to leaf curl. And I would imagine for the same reasons. Leaf cover plays a larger role in fruit quality. On one hand the additional cover protects the fruit from sun damage, but heavy… Continue Reading →

Analyzing Leaf Curl

One of the traits NOVIC instructed us to collect data on was the severity of leaf curl (or leaf roll) in the varieties. This evaluation occurred during vegetative growth while plants were in early bloom (July 20th) on a 1-5… Continue Reading →

Organizing this Blog

Full disclosure: I’ve never blogged before. But I’m told I excel at telling “scientific stories.” By the time I agreed to start documenting the NOVIC trial, it was early September and most varieties were mid-harvest. As explained to me, the… Continue Reading →

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