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Web Date: June 28, 2012

Why Supermarket Tomatoes Taste Bland

Plant Biology: Because of a genetic mutation, commercial tomatoes sacrifice flavor for uniform color
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Environmental SCENE
Keywords: ripening, tomatoes

The truism that “beauty is only skin deep” certainly applies to the perfectly red but rather bland tomatoes often found on supermarket shelves. Researchers have now found the genetic basis of the fruits’ attractive looks but flawed flavor. The discovery could help breeders select for tastier tomatoes.

The flavor failure of supermarket tomatoes is because of a gene called SlGLK2, says James J. Giovannoni, a plant biologist at Cornell University. Giovannoni just . . .

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