Issue Date: November 26, 2012 | Web Date: November 27, 2012
Tomato Defense Weapons
Whiteflies, spider mites, and aphids are among the insects that prey on tomatoes bound for grocery store shelves, devouring the fruit and also spreading viruses that can destroy entire shipments in the $53 billion industry. Researchers in the Netherlands and Germany have now taken a biosynthetic pathway for herbivore-deterring terpenes found in wild tomato varietals and reintroduced the genes into commercial tomato plants via genetic engineering and traditional breeding (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA., DOI: . . .
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