About the Tomato Organic Management and Improvement Project (TOMI)
The Tomato Organic Management and Improvement Project (TOMI) is a multi-state, interdisciplinary project developing an integrated approach to manage foliar pathogens while allowing growers to deliver tomatoes with exceptional flavor to the local marketplace.
TOMI is responding to the rapidly growing demand for organic, fresh-market tomatoes. Customers shopping in these markets expect fruit to have superior flavor in comparison to fruit purchased in supermarkets. Currently, organic growers struggle to meet this demand because many existing varieties with superior flavor are susceptible to foliar pathogens that cause late blight, early blight and Septoria leaf spot.
TOMI aims to meet these organic grower needs through three main components.
- Selecting improved tomato varieties in organic systems
- Facilitating expression of induced systemic resistance
- Identifying effective organic fungicides and biopesticides
Outreach activities such as field days, conference presentations, webinars, video tutorials, peer-reviewed articles, and how-to publications, are integrated into each interrelated component to best deliver project results to organic growers.
This project was funded in 2014 by the Organic Research and Extension Initiative grant, part of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Award # 2014-51300-22267. Period of funding 2015-2019.