1 Mar

(The Inter-Mountain) In early 1950, a young West Virginia University professor embarked on a painstaking, 13-year project to develop a blight-resistant tomato.

It was formally unveiled for the state’s centennial in 1963 and appropriately named the West Virginia 63.

The hard work has paid off many times over for that professor, Mannon Gallegly, who turns 90 this month and still is enjoying the fruits of his labor, literally.

Gallegly, as a professor emeritus for WVU, still has a lab there and continues to study seeds.

About five years ago, he realized subsequent generations of the West Virginia 63 had started to produce smaller fruit.

“So I started over to bring back the proper size of the tomato,” he said.

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