- François-Xavier Branthôme
A new monthly webinar series: Sciences and Technologies of Vegetable Grafting
“A growing fascination in processing tomatoes: grafting. If you've caught the scion/rootstock bug, check out the first monthly webinar hosted by the USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative CAP Vegetable Grafting Team”.
This month's topic: “Developing a New Tomato Grafting Machine” was introduced by Chieri Kubota, from Ohio State University, and presented by Yuji Masaki and Hideki Murakoshi (Kusakabe-Kikai Co.) from Osaka, Japan on Thursday 18 October 2018.
Grafting can join two different genotypes – one is for fruiting vegetable production, the other one for strong rootstock, for “vigourous root growth and soil-borne disease resistances, creating a new sort of plant that can enhance yields and also resistance as a basic idea… The US is now relatively slow in terms of developing the usage and knowledge and technology related to grafting. A group of scientists in about 10 Universities and USDA Research Centers got together a total of nearly 40 people working on this, introducing vegetable grafting technologies in the US to support the US fruiting vegetable industry”. This large group is led by Dr Frank Louws, a plant pathologist at North Carolina State University.
The monthly webinar series intends to present new topics about grafting technologies in coming months. The October webinar and the next one in November are dedicated to grafting technologies, while January and February webinars will focus on the efficiency of grafted plants. Following ones will present the use of grafted plants in fields. “These will be good learning opportunities for everyone”, explains Chieri Kubota.
The SCRI Grafting CAP Group is organizing not only outreach extension types of activities but also a scientific conference (Second International Vegetable Grafting Conference, to be held from 14 to 18 July 2019 in Charlotte, NC, USA) with ISHS.
Source: California Tomato Research Institute, Inc., Ohio State University