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Old March 29, 2016   #1
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Default Solanum habrochaites

Here's a photo, that I took today, of the flower of Solanum habrochaites, accession number LA 1777. I'm using it as a pollen donor in a project to try to incorporate promiscuous pollination and/or self-incompatibility into domestic tomatoes. I love the orange anther cone, and the exerted stigma. It drops lots of pollen when vibrated.

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Pretty flower and dramatic color.
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Old March 29, 2016   #3
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And a photo of the plant from a week or two ago.

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Beautiful!
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Lovely... I wish you success with your crosses!
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What a gorgeous plant! I hope you're successful... and also maybe end up introducing some disease resistance genes into your lines.
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Here's a photo of the fruits of Solanum habrochaites, LA1777.



And a link to a high resolution photo:

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Have you ever tasted one? I know you think tomatoes are awful, so I can't imagine your description of one of those!
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Have you ever tasted one? I know you think tomatoes are awful, so I can't imagine your description of one of those!
I've tasted the fruits twice. They were still green and hard, and tasted like a green tomato. They were not emetic like a potato berry. I expect to make another taste report if/when one of the fruits turns soft and/or changes color.
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A noid accession of Solanum habrochaites.
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Some of the fruits of LA1777 fell off the plant, so I tasted them. They had a slight hint of fruitiness about them. They were low sugar. The taste was neither attractive nor unpleasant. Just a bland low sugar fruit.
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Thanks for the update. Do they ripen evenly in terms of color? The striping while green was pretty neat looking.
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Why try to incorporate self-incompatibility?
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For a landrace, out-crossing keeps stirring up the gene pool with each generation for rapid adaptation and selection.

It's a different way of thinking than maintaining traditional varieties, and Joseph's project is unique and interesting (even if it isn't for everyone).
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The Solanum habrochaites fruits of LA1777 kept the stripes when ripe. The green coloration turned a bit yellowish.
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