NC 2GEM is a large-fruited fresh market tomato breeding line featuring very large, deep globe shaped fruits. ‘NC 2GEM’ has a short to medium determinate plant. Fruit set is early and concentrated and the fruit is firm and crack resistant, has excellent uniform bright red interior color.
NC 2GEM has genetic resistance to verticillium wilt (Ve), fusarium wilt races 1 and 2 (I, I-2), tomato spotted wilt virus (Sw-5), and tomato mosaic virus (Tm-2) with a very large deep globe shaped fruit. It is homozygous for the recessive crimson gene (ogc) which increases lycopene content and provides a desirable bright red interior fruit color. It is useful as a parent in crosses with other crimson lines having other disease resistances to create outstanding multiple disease resistant F1 hybrids with crimson fruit color.
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.