PERFORMANCE OF GRAFTED TOMATO IN CENTRAL LUZON, PHILIPPINES: A CASE STUDY ON THE INTRODUCTION OF A NEW TECHNOLOGY AMONG RESOURCE-LIMITED FARMERS
Tomato production during the hot, wet season (June to November) in lowland areas of Central Luzon, Philippines normally is avoided because the risk of crop failure is high. Flooding from monsoon rains, root diseases, and heat limit crop production. Grafting, bedding, and shelters have been suggested as methods to commercialize tomato production during this period. Fresh weight of marketable fruit from plants grafted onto eggplant EG203 was greater than weight from non-grafted plants in six of eight trials. In two of three trials, marketable fruit weight from plants grafted onto tomato H7996 was greater than weight from plants grafted onto eggplant EG203. In three of five trials, fruit weight from plants grown under shelter was greater than in open fields. While these studies illustrated the risk of this technology, they also demonstrated that combinations of high-yielding scions and rootstocks, reduced construction costs, and timely planting and marketing can result in profitable tomato production during the hot rainy periods in the Philippines.
Boncato, T.A., Burleigh, J.R., Black , L.L., Ledesma, D.R., Aganon , C.P. and Mateo, L.G. (2014). PERFORMANCE OF GRAFTED TOMATO IN CENTRAL LUZON, PHILIPPINES: A CASE STUDY ON THE INTRODUCTION OF A NEW TECHNOLOGY AMONG RESOURCE-LIMITED FARMERS. Acta Hortic. 1037, 727-735
grafted tomato, hot-wet season, grafting, tomato production, grafting technology, shelter