Harnessing the value of tomato genetic resources for now and the future.

Objectif: Tomato is a paradigm of crop domestication: a widely cultivated and consumed vegetable but with reduced genetic diversity and therefore highly vulnerable to emerging diseases and climate change. Fortunately, tomato is rich in genetic resources and information to overcome those difficulties and a coalition of scientists and breeding experts which have generated a large amount of this information have been organized under an effective management structure and a series of objectives to overcome those threats....





25/09/2020: A European project will promote from Valencia tomatoes of better quality and greater resistance to emerging diseases and climate change. The Institute of Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology (IBMCP), a joint center of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Polytechnic University of Valencia, has launched the European research project Harnesstom, an initiative that aims to achieve better quality tomato varieties with greater resistance to emerging diseases and climate change.





25/09/2020: The Harnesstom project aims to develop better quality, more resistant and tastier tomatoes. It is a project coordinated by Antonio Granell, CSIC research professor at the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology of Plants, and has a total budget of 8.07 million euros. It brings together 22 collaborating institutions from seven countries, including small and medium-sized enterprises, technology companies, crop companies, NGOs and farmers' associations, as well as various academic institutions. More information in the CSIC press release and on the project website (





23/09/2020: Harnesstom tomatoes "better quality, more flavorful and more resistant to new viruses and emerging diseases






26/11/2020: HARNESSTOM at the XVRBMP Plant Molecular Biology Meeting . The XV edition of the Plant Molecular Biology Meeting took place this time on line Nov 26 and 27 2020 with the largest attendance ever.  The RBMP is the forum were the Spanish researchers working on Plant Molecular Biology have been meeting every other year since the first edition took place in  Salamanca in 1991.  A meeting traditionally attended by two hundred of the leading Spanish scientists in the field, hit this edition a record high of over three hundred participants probably due to the meeting going on line because of the COVID situation, which more than 200 people attending at all times. The XV RBMP has proven to be an excellent opportunity for the coordinator of HARNESSTOM, Antonio Granell to introduce the project’s objectives to the Spanish scientists working in Plant Molecular Biology, a field that provides breeders with tools and knowledge, which are at the basis of modern prebreeding and therefore intimately related to HARNESSTOM objectives and tasks.



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16/12/2020: On December 16, 2020, the HARNESSTOM project was presented at the Innovation Exchange Conference on agricultural genetic improvement organized by the Spanish National Rural Network. The coordinator of Harnesstom Antonio Granell presented the main objectives to be achieved and the potential results. It can be visualized the complete workshop and futher information here.







20/01/2021: HARNESSTOM at the BreedingValue Kickoff meeting.  Right after the start of the project HARNESSTOM coordinator Antonio Granell initiated contacts with the coordinators of other projects granted by the EU under the same topic/call H2020 SFS28-2020 “Genetic Resources and Pre-breeding communities”. Coordinators of several EU projects participated at the meeting and in the discussion from their own perspectives and crops (wheat and barley; olive; legumes and berries). A plan for future interactions will be discussed over email and in following virtual meetings soon.


25/02/2021: Coordinators of Horizon 2020 Genetic Resources Projects Agree on a Roadmap for Joint Activities. the coordinators of five recently funded EU-projects, gather around a team’s virtual meeting platform to discuss possibilities for collaborations. The idea:  to find opportunities for joint actions, collaborations and common ground. For over 90 min HARNESSTOM coordinator Antonio Granell and four other projects agreed on the roadmap for joint activities. 


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