Plant Biol (Stuttg) 2005; 7(2): 118-130
DOI: 10.1055/s-2005-837495
Review Article

Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart KG · New York

The Inheritance of Chilling Tolerance in Tomato (Lycopersicon spp.)

J. H. Venema1 , P. Linger2 , A. W. van Heusden3 , P. R. van Hasselt1 , W. Brüggemann4
  • 1Laboratory of Plant Physiology, University of Groningen, P.O. Box 14, 9750 AA Haren, The Netherlands
  • 2Physiologische Chemie der Pflanzen, FB C, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Gauß-Straße 20, 42097 Wuppertal, Germany
  • 3Plant Research International, P.O. Box 16, 6700 AA Wageningen, The Netherlands
  • 4Botanisches Institut, Box 213, J. W. Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Postfach 111932, 60054 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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Publication History

Received: March 29, 2004

Accepted: October 8, 2004

Publication Date:
21 March 2005 (online)


During the past 25 years, chilling tolerance of the cultivated (chilling-sensitive) tomato Lycopersicon esculentum and its wild, chilling-tolerant relatives L. peruvianum and L. hirsutum (and, less intensively studied, L. chilense) has been the object of several investigations. The final aim of these studies can be seen in the increase in chilling tolerance of the cultivated genotypes. In this review, we will focus on low-temperature effects on photosynthesis and the inheritance of these traits to the offspring of various breeding attempts. While crossing L. peruvianum (♂) to L. esculentum (♀) so far has brought the most detailed insight with respect to physiological questions, for practical purposes, e.g., the readily cross ability, crossing programmes with L. hirsutum as pollen donor at present seem to be a promising way to achieve higher chilling-tolerant genotypes of the cultivated tomato. This perspective is due to the progress that has been made with respect to the genetic basis of chilling tolerance of Lycopersicon spp. over the past five years.


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