CE SAIN Lecture Series on March 12, 2019
March 12, 2019: The Center of Excellence on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Nutrition (CE SAIN Cambodia) of Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) facilitated a lecture series on “Tomato Grafting: A Sustainable Intensification Technology for Rainy-Season Production” presented by Dr. Ricky M. Bates, Professor, Department Horticulture, Penn State University.
Dr. Ricky Bates is a Professor of Horticulture in the Department of Plant Science at Penn State University and holds a B.S. and M.S. in Horticulture from West Virginia University, and a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Virginia Tech. Since arriving at Penn State in 2000, his research has focused on developing innovative approaches to plant production systems and development of plant varieties exhibiting improved pest resistance and adaptability. He is active in assisting international clients to establish successful income-generating horticultural enterprises and sustainable food production systems. These activities have led to a variety of projects in Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia.
The lecture shared about the concept of tomato grating. Tomatoes are difficult to grow during the hot-wet season. Flooding, waterlogged soils, diseases, and high temperatures can significantly reduce yields. Grafting tomato scions onto selected rootstocks of eggplant and tomato can minimize problems caused by flooding and soil-borne diseases. Some- times the use of grafted tomato plants can be the difference between harvesting a good crop and harvesting no crop at all. (Click here for slide presentation 4.8 MB)