Grafted tomato seedlings produced in Spain

The earliest known reports of grafting being applied to vegetables was not for eggplant, pepper or tomato. However, in modern times, preparing and using grafted plants of these crops has become significant in multiple ways. The rise of solanaceous grafted plant production systems (many thousands of acres and millions of plants annually) has fueled interest in rootstock development, thereby strengthening the role of superior germplasm in integrated crop management strategies.

The increasing prominence of grafted plant-based eggplant, pepper and tomato systems has also fostered interest in grafting, healing and distribution methods and technology. Recognizing that it may be best to manage systems featuring grafted plants differently from systems relying on ungrafted ones, growers, scientists and others also continue to develop and optimize research-based recommendations for grafted plant spacing, population density, irrigation, fertility, pest, disease and other aspects of management.

Finally, the ever-increasing number of rootstock-scion combinations calls others to evaluate the effects of each on eggplant, pepper and tomato fruit quality, changes in which will shape the overall interest in grafting throughout the value chain.



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