I put a spoon under a wild flower and vibrated it with an adult toy
I don't like my current model as well, because it is larger, and BRIGHT PINK.
Crossing L. peruvianum to L. esculentum (S. lycoperiscum) is rarely sucessful. Attempts frequently result in embryo or flower abortion. As more lines have been evaluated, a few have produced at least one seed. Fortunately, these hybrids are capable of backcrossing to a L. esculentum (S. lycoperiscum) parent.
Another method which has been successful at overcoming the incompatibilty between the cultivated tomato and the L. peruvianum is the use of L. chilense as a bridge species (L. peruvianum is crossed to L. chilense and that progeny is crossed to L. esculentum). Although this might seem encouraging, most of the time this methods fails, but does yield better results than a direct cross. Most crosses between the cultivated tomato and the members of the "peruvianum-complex" fail due to some sort of incompatibility.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:
I just tasted a fruit from LA1777, Solanum habrochaites, one of the wild tomato species that I am using for this project. The fruit had fallen off the plant, so I figured that it was ripe. It's color was white with a light greenish/yellowish stripes. It was not sweet. There were no harsh tastes. Not bitter. Not tart. Not emetic. Slight overtones of subtle flavor. Just a bland fruit. Not much going on to please a primates palate, nor to displease it.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:March 2016 -- I potted up 66 Sungold F2 plants. I'm intending to screen them for exerted stigmas