‘Solar Dancer’ is a heat-tolerant (HT) fresh market hybrid tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) that has resistance to three tospoviruses, Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV), Groundnut ringspot virus (GRSV), and Tomato chlorotic spot virus (TCSV); this resistance is conferred by the Sw-5 gene. It also carries resistance to all three races of fusarium wilt incited by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici. Compared with most existing cultivars, Solar Dancer has superior fruit-setting ability under high temperatures (>32 °C day/>21 °C night). The interior fruit color is deep red due to its homozygosity for the crimson (ogc) gene, and fruit have demonstrated very good resistance to cracking and other defects. There are few acceptable HT tomato cultivars adapted to Florida conditions that have combined tospovirus and fusarium wilt race 3 resistance. ‘Solar Dancer’ has performed consistently well on the peninsula of Florida, where its high yield potential and good fruit marketability make it an attractive cultivar choice. The seed parent of the hybrid is Fla. 8814, which is the tospovirus and fusarium wilt race 3–resistant parent. The pollen parent is Fla. 8925, which provides the heat tolerance to the hybrid.
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