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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







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. 



07/05/2021: Crosspollination activities between HARNESSTOM members and legal and economic experts

On Friday 7 May several HARNESSTOM members took part on the International Meeting “CHALLENGES IN THE AGROFOOD SECTOR: COMPETENCE AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY", organized by Felipe Palau (UPV) the HARNESSTOM expert in legal and IP issues. The meeting was a great success and gathered the attention of local government members including Mrs. Mireia Mollà Herrera, Council for Agriculture. Rural Development, Climate Emergency and Ecological Transition of the Valencian Government who welcomed the participants and emphasized the relevance of the topic for Local, National and European economy.



12/05/2021: Researchers, companies and legislators ask for an urgent change in the EU legislation on Plant Genomic Techniques in a symposium organized by HARNESSTOM. 

The symposium "Genomic Editing of Crops: Beyond Science" took place on May 12 and brought together more than 400 virtual participants, among them prominent scientists, experts in Law and representatives of the Spanish agri-food sector, to review the status of genomic editing and its application to agriculture.




19/06/2021:Getting ahead of the future through the past


Dr. Antonio Granell, HARNESSTOM coordinator, gives an interview to the Mexican magazine JITOMATE, where he explains the project and its objectives, as well as the research in genetics and technological innovation that they are carrying out, in order to optimize the adaptability tomato varieties, in the face of the challenges to come challenges to come: high temperatures, water scarcity and excess salt in the water.








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