Last year Fytagoras started her service to produce doubled haploid tomato plants for breeding companies. Many seed companies approached Fytagoras, and several projects were initiated to produce doubled haploid plants, i.e. homozygous plants which by nature show a pure genetic background.
Production often started with a limited number of lines to evaluate the responsiveness of the desired genotypes towards Fytagoras’ doubled haploid production protocol. For most of the delivered lines, doubled haploid plants could be produced. Recently, first doubled haploid plants were delivered, both as tissue culture plants and young plants on substrates, to customers.
Fytagoras expects to intensify the production capacity in the near future, to be able to help out more tomato breeders with benefits of doubled haploid technology.