Three Mutants Appearing in ‘Manapal’ Tomato1

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T. R. KonslerNorth Carolina State University, Raleigh

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Three mutants that have appeared in trellised plantings of ‘Manapal’ tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) in western North Carolina are described. Waxy fruit produced fruit that had a waxy or sticky epidermis, corresponding to the description of the sticky peel (pe), gene. Light green foliage was completely associated with the waxy character. Red vascular had dark red vascular tissue in stems, roots, and petioles. This character was monogenic recessive, and may be the same as red vascular tissue (rvt). Dark green had darker green immature fruit and foliage and deeper red mature fruit than normal ‘Manapal’. It was phenotypically similar to other high pigment (hp) stocks observed, but had darker green fruit and increased beta-carotene content.

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Received for publication December 13, 1972. Contribution from the Department of Horticultural Science. Published with the approval of the Director of Research as Paper No. 3928 of the Journal Series.

Associate Professor Horticultural Science; Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station, Fletcher, NC.

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