For a love of fruit in danger

Fri. Apr. 22, 2016

The season of caprese salads, salsa, and tomato sauce made from yummy fresh tomatoes is soon upon us. Tomatoes are not only loved for their sweet and delicious taste; they are also an important source of food in Canada.

However, tomato production in Canada has declined by an alarming 40 per cent in the last four years, possibly, among other reasons, because of whiteflies – a pernicious agricultural pest worldwide. Thus, tomato production depends largely on the application of pesticides and fertilizers, a practice that Dr. Germán Avila Sakar, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, would like to change. With research from his lab, Avila Sakar plans to help save Canada’s tomato production, and reduce the need for pesticides.

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