The development of the fresh market tomato range by Med Hermes vegetable seeds for the Italian market is continuing. The company aims at varietal development in the segment of tomatoes destined to the fresh market, in line with its corporate mission. "The rediscovery of ancient traditions when it comes to hybrid seeds, also with the new range of beefsteak tomatoes that focuses on Mediterranean colors and flavors."
The 2022 catalog features two new varieties of beefsteak tomatoes, obtained after tests were carried out all over the country. The technical service reports a lot of interest from the market, on both a productive and commercial level. The varieties in question are Ariosto F1 and Rinaldo F1.
Ariosto F1. HR: TSWV; ToMV;Vd;For; IR: TYLCV;Ma;Mi;Mj
Ariosto F1, thanks to its genetic resistance to viruses TSWV and TYLCV, is suitable for transplants between August and October in Sicily and for early spring transplants in the rest of the country. It is characterized by high productivity and rusticity. Fruits are uniform with an average weight of around 250 grams. Berries have a green/deep pinkish color and boast a long shelf-life and a typical Mediterranean flavor. All this means Ariosto F1 is much appreciated along the entire chain.
Rinaldo F1 is suitable for second-cycle transplants in Sicily and for spring and summer transplants in central/northern Italy. Plants are very rustic, with good vigor and foliar coverage, on top of boasting high yields and good tolerance to the summer heat. Blossoming and setting also on top trusses mean Rinaldo F1 is interesting for producers. Fruits have average grades that can exceed 250 g, the green/pinkish color is deep also in case of the high temperatures and light conditions typical of the summer period. The flavor is pleasant, typical of Mediterranean beefsteak tomatoes appreciated by consumers.
Rinaldo F1. HR: TSWV;ToMV;Vd;For
"The two new varieties are particularly resistant to abiotic stress due to climate change, in particular to the sudden temperature changes that generally cause problems to crops. Med Hermes Vegetable seeds is investing a lot of time and resources in the selection of new hybrids that adapt well to extreme weather conditions such as those we have been witnessing over the past few years, with dry torrid summers and particularly mild winters with particularly low peaks all over the country," explains Andrea Restuccia, product manager at Med Hermes.
"In addition, with these two varieties, our company aims at creating a beefsteak range that can provide agronomic and commercial solutions along the entire chain and suitable for all areas in Italy."
Research and genetic improvement activities at Med Hermes are independent of chemical and pharmaceutical groups and have always been put at the service of the country with the objective of enhancing the competitiveness of businesses and improving agronomic and commercial yields.