Performance of F1 hybrids in cherry tomato [Solanum lycopersicum (L.) var. cerasiforme Mill.] for yield and quality
Field experiment was conducted in the Department of Vegetable Crops, Horticultural College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India to evaluate the cherry tomato F1 hybrids along with their parents and checks for yield and quality characters under shade net condition. Among the hybrids, the hybrid LE 1223 x Pusa Cherry Tomato 1 recorded the highest fruit yield/plant (2325.35 g) followed by VGT 89 x LE 13 (2323.47 g), Pusa Cherry Tomato 1 x LE 87 (1598.54 g) and Pant Cherry Tomato 1 x VGT 89 (1568.34 g). Pant Cherry Tomato 1 x LE 1223 recorded the highest fruit firmness (1.61 kg/ sq. cm) followed by Pant Cherry Tomato 1 x IIHR 2754 (1.33 kg/ sq. cm). The cross Pusa Cherry Tomato 1 x LE 1223 recorded the highest pericarp thickness (2.54 mm) followed by Pusa Cherry Tomato 1 x LE 87 (2.51 mm). Among the hybrids, Pusa Cherry Tomato 1 x LE 87 and Pusa Cherry Tomato 1 x LE 1223 recorded the highest shelf life (32.00 days) followed by VGT 89 x LE 1223 (31.50 days). LE 1223 x LE 87 registered the highest total soluble solids of 8.75 °Brix, followed by LE 87 x IIHR 2753 (8.72 °Brix) and Pant Cherry Tomato 1 x IIHR 2753 (8.70 °Brix). IIHR 2753 x VGT 89 registered the highest lycopene content (8.72 mg/ 100 g) followed by LE 1223 x LE 87 (8.65 mg/ 100 g) and LE 1223 x LE 13 (8.61 mg/ 100 g).
Cherry tomato, Cerasiforme, Hybrid, Yield, Quality
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