NC 1GEM is a large-fruited, fresh market tomato breeding line featuring very large, deep globe (ball) shaped fruits. Fruit is firm and crack resistant, flavor and texture have been rated as good. The plant Immature fruit of ‘NC 1GEM’ are uniform green (u gene) while mature fruit are bright red (ogc gene).
NC 1GEM has genetic resistance to late blight (Ph-2 and Ph-3 genes), verticillium wilt (Ve gene) and some races of fusarium wilt (I and I-2 genes), and the crimson (ogc) gene for increased lycopene content and improved red interior color of the fruit. In addition, ‘NC 1GEM’ is useful as a parent in crosses with other parent lines with the crimson gene in developing multiple disease resistant hybrids for vine-ripe, fresh-market production of large, high quality fruit.
Dr. Randy Gardner is a Professor Emeritus of horticultural science at NC State and taught at the University for more than 30 years. He received his PhD in pomology from Cornell University and has released more than 34 varieties of tomatoes. Dr. Gardner runs NC State’s tomato breeding program, which has provided growers with 16 fresh market tomato varieties. He has been awarded by the NC Tomato Growers Association, NC Vegetable Growers Association, NC Agricultural Extension Service and the Honor Society of Agriculture for his work.