Tomatoes suffer from a wide range of pests including insects like whiteflies, aphids, thrips, caterpillars, and also spider mites.Some of the insects are difficult to control with insecticides and they develop resistance to the insecticides very quickly. In addition, several of the insecticides are hazardous to the environment, which also urges for alternative solutions to the insect problem. The best strategy is to prevent the problems occurring using resistant varieties.
Resistance against insects is found in wild relatives of the cultivated tomato. In the current project we want to obtain basic information on the extent of the pest resistance identified in the in the lycopersicon group of Solanum section Lycopersicon, find out against which insects its effective and how the resistance works.
Broad spectrum insect resistance and metabolites in close relatives of the cultivated tomato
Euphytica 214 (2018)3. - ISSN 0014-2336
Broad spectrum insect resistance in close relatives of the cultivated tomato
Different Mechanisms of Insect Resistance in tomato and pepper
Enrichment of Crop Genepools with Wild Relative and Landrace Diversity
QTL mapping of insect resistance components of Solanum galapagense
Theoretical and Applied Genetics 132 (2019)2. - ISSN 0040-5752 - p. 531 - 541.