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Sakata Seed America adds saladette tomato breeder to team


July 2, 2021
By Fruit and Vegetable

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Sakata Seed America recently expanded its tomato breeding team to include industry veteran, Jeremy Sisson, in a new, specialized role. Sisson joins Sakata as senior tomato breeder, with an emphasis on the saladette tomato segment, to match his more than 15 years of previous experience in tomato breeding and specialization in the saladette category.

“The saladette category – both indeterminate and determinate – is an extremely complex and competitive category with huge potential,” states Jeff Zischke, Sakata’s senior director of research and development, in a press release. “As Sakata continues to build and secure its leadership position in the tomato segment, we expect further growth of our market share to come with the leadership and expertise that Jeremy brings to an already outstanding team.”

Sisson will be based out of the Sakata Fort Myers Research Station in Florida, in order to foster collaboration with Sakata’s breeding, biotechnology and pathology resources.

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“My professional and personal passions align well with the Sakata mission, making this opportunity particularly compelling to me,” Sisson says in a press release. “I am laser-focused on the development of sustainable and innovative solutions in the creation of vegetable hybrids to meet the modern challenges of different geographical production regions, with the end goal of creating high-quality, healthy vegetables for people to enjoy.”

Sisson received his B.Sc. in biological sciences from West Virginia State University, where he also received an M.Sc. in biotechnology.