Agriculture and Technology

Tweaking carotenoid genes helps tomatoes bring their A-game

Tweaking carotenoid genes helps tomatoes bring their A-game

The popularity of tomatoes has led to the development of more than 10,000 cultivars of various sizes, shapes, and hues. Interestingly though, there is little genetic diversity among modern tomato varieties. This lack of diversity, coupled with the fact that many traits are controlled by multiple genes, makes improving plant yield and quality a major challenge for tomato breeders.

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