After four years TomGEM is expected to deliver the following outputs and results:
- In depth evaluation of the rich tomato germplasm pool including heat tolerant wild relatives of tomatoes.
- Identification of the most suitable genotypes for their ability to maintain high yield in hot climates. The selected genotypes will directly be used by the tomato producer associations and breeding companies involved in the project.
- Newly gained knowledge of the complex plant-environment interactions and of suitable combinations of genotypes, breeding practices and management practices. This will be disseminated through publications, conferences and workshops designed by academics and private stakeholders.
- Novel breeding strategies and tools for the discovery of genotypes and genetic markers associated to heat tolerance, increased ability of flowering, pollen germination and fertility, fruit set and fruit quality that will be transferred to the dynamic breeding sector.
- Ultimately, TomGEM will provide new improved tomato varieties and management strategies, increasing the tomato diversity and thus allowing higher adaptability to particular environments including a changing climate.