Best of Both


Domestic tomato is bright and red but lacks in taste. The wild ones, on the other hand, taste amazing but look flawed and are difficult to grow and transport. Now for the first time, genomes of the two types of tomatoes have been compared to find out how individual genes interact to affect the flavor, appearance, lifespan, and several other valuable traits of the fruit.

Insights gained through the genomic comparison can help genetic biologists create the ultimate tomato, which would combine the good traits of both domestic and wild tomatoes. 


Down To Earth, July 2013