Screening for pollen tolerance to high temperatures in tomato

Marine J. Paupière, Pauline van Haperen, Ivo Rieu, Richard G.F. Visser, Yury M. Tikunov, Arnaud G. Bovy*

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Among the abiotic stresses affecting plant reproduction, high temperature is one of the most prominent ones because it directly affects fruit set. So far, little attention has been paid to the investigation of the variation in high temperature tolerance among wild tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) germplasm. The objective of this study was to determine the tolerance of 17 different cultivated and wild tomato accessions to high temperature, using a pollen viability screening approach. Each of the 17 genotypes of tomato was analysed for their pollen quality under a 32 °C (day)/26 °C (night) regime. The total number of pollen per flower and the fraction of viable pollen were recorded. The number of pollen per flower varied between 35,547 and 109,490 whereas the fraction of viable pollen varied between 0.03 and 0.71. No correlation was found between these two traits. However, the combination of these traits could provide the best reproductive capability under high temperature. In this study, thermo-tolerant (LA2854, LA1478 and LA0417) as well as thermo-sensitive (LA1719, LA1580, and SWEET4) genotypes have been identified. Those genotypes can be used as novel genetic resources to get more insight into pollen thermo-tolerance mechanisms and be included in breeding programs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number130
Number of pages8
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Breeding
  • Heat stress
  • High temperature
  • Pollen viability
  • Screening
  • Tolerance
  • Tomato


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