US: Hawaiian researchers field testing virus resistant tomatoes

At UH College of Tropical Agriculture, researcher Leyla Kaufman is field testing 15 different types of tomatoes that resist both Yellow Leaf Curl and Spotted Wilt viruses. Most of them are not commercially grown on Hawai.

"Tomato is a very important crop for diversified agriculture here in Hawaii," Kaufman said. "That's why we want the farmers to have an alternative so that they can continue growing tomatoes."

She said the tomatoes being tested require little or no pesticides.

"All these varieties are traditionally bred so there are no GMOs," she said.

On Wednesday, UH showed the virus resistant varieties to twenty Oahu farmers, encouraging them to experiment Medrano said he'll give a couple of them a try.

"Resistant varieties, that to me is the only remedy," he said.


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