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Old December 29, 2012   #3
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Both Russia and Ukraine were part of the former USSR where everything was highly centralized - including seed distribution and sales. So prior to the 90s, it is pretty hard to tell whether a tomato was 'Russian' or 'Ukrainian', unless it was explicitly known where the breeder was located. Seeds from a Russian breeder would have been easily available in Ukraine, and vice versa.

Even now, many Russian gardeners have no problem purchasing seeds from Ukrainian seed vendors, as they all speak Russian. Ukrainian seed catalogs are published in Russian. So even now, I am having hard time to tell the exact origin of a new tomato from the countries from the former USSR.

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