Disease resistant tomatoe question

kiropod(7)July 8, 2014

I've been doing some investigation over the past few days into disease resistant tomatoes. It appears that they really do reduce the incident of late blight,etc. My question to those on this forum is; How do they taste? Thanks for your reply. It appears that defiant. Jasper, Iron Lady, Mountain magic/merit are the more popular varieties.

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

I think you might mean Early Blight rather than Late Blight? Any resistance to Late Blight is difficult to document although I know some claim it.

Mountain Magic is the only one I have tried of your list and while it might be a bit more tolerant of EB and Septoria IME it isn't actually resistant. And since it develops anyway I find I'd rather have a better tasting, larger fruit. I wasn't impressed with the size or the flavor personally. It tastes like a store-bought tomato plus it is a very small fruit.

Previous reviews of Mountain Merit here don't seem to praise it especially either.


    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 6:18PM
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Hi Dave

According to what I have read, Defiant has high resistance to late blight, and intermediate resistance to early blight, fusarium wild 1 and 2.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 6:36PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

What is the source of your reading? Seed vendors or actual research studies? Seed vendors claim many things that aren't supported by actual research. :) Can you link to them for us?


    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 7:06PM
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I will find the info and get back from you. I believe it is from a University. Mike

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 10:49PM
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Check out Cornell University research paper- Managing late blight in tomato and potato- An essential part of gardening.
www.longislandhort.cornell.edu/vegpath/late. Check out Cornell chronicle as well on Iron Lady tomatoes. http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2013/03/ready-plant-iron-lady-tomato-punches-out-blights

There are other articles that support this position, however I am certainly not an expert, just looking for answers too

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 11:05PM
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