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. He initiated the fresh-market tomato breeding program at NCSU in 1976 and ran it until his retirement in 2008. He developed the widely grown “mountain” series of tomato hybrids and released numerous other named hybrids and breeding lines that have been used in improvement of fruit quality and disease resistances worldwide. He has been widely recognized for his contributions to tomato breeding. Since his retirement in 2008, Dr. Gardner has concentrated on developing specialty type tomatoes of various sizes, colors, and shapes with improved fruit quality, marketable yield, and multiple disease resistances.