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Going back to our roots: How wild ancestors of tomato plants could hold the key to protecting our crops from insect pests

Friday 25 January, 18.29-6.45pm – Newcastle University – Ridley Building 2, room RIDB2.1.65

With Niall Conboy

Modern tomatoes may look and taste good, but they lack many genes that allow them to resist insect pests. By contrast, their wild tomato ancestors are typically hardy plants which are resistant to various biotic and abiotic stresses. This lecture will explore some of the methods by which wild tomato species protect themselves against insect pests and how the implications from this could help us protect our commercially grown tomatoes.