Sakata Seed America recently announced the further expansion of its robust tomato breeding team to include Jeremy Sisson in a new, specialized role. Sisson joins Sakata as senior tomato breeder with an emphasis on the saladette tomato segment.
Sisson has more than 15 years of previous experience in the tomato breeding arena, specializing in the saladette category.
“The saladette category – both indeterminate and determinate – is a complex and competitive category with huge potential. As Sakata continues building and securing its position in the tomato segment, we expect further growth of our market share to come and expertise that Jeremy brings to an already outstanding team,” says Jeff Zischke, senior director, research & development for Sakata.
Sisson is based out of the Sakata Fort Myers Research Station, an ideal base to foster collaboration with Sakata’s breeding, biotechnology and pathology resources.
“Jeremy is a tremendous addition to our team,” says Bryan Zingel, Sakata’s senior tomato product manager. “Sakata has a strong and developing portfolio of products in the saladette category and a skilled and passionate team positioning us for success. Our network of international experts and global partners further enable us to understand and tackle this segment, providing better value to growers and, ultimately, supplying superior products to consumers.”
“My professional and personal passions align well with the Sakata mission, making this opportunity particularly compelling to me. I am laser focused on developing sustainable and innovative solutions in the creation of vegetable hybrids to meet the modern challenges of different geographical production regions, with the end goal of creating high-quality, healthy vegetables for people to enjoy,” says Sisson. “Joining a company with the reputation of Sakata’s creates endless channels of opportunity for cross-functional connection and exceptional product development.”
Sisson received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biological Sciences from West Virginia State University, where he also received a Master of Science (M.S.) in Biotechnology.