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Researchers help tomato plants repel pathogens with a ‘vaccine’ to boost their chemical defense systems

October 24, 2019

When plants come under attack from invading bacteria, viruses or fungi, they mount a two-pronged response, producing both…
Meatballs might wreck the anti-cancer perks of tomato sauce

September 17, 2019

Eating your tomato sauce with meatballs piled on top could have a surprising downside, new research suggests. Some…
Trial gardens show vegetables can be grown without irrigation

June 10, 2019

Growing vegetables without irrigation may sound farfetched, but two Willamette Valley trials proved crops can be grown in…
Scientists create new genomic resource for improving tomatoes

May 28, 2019

Tomato breeders have traditionally emphasized improved production, such as larger fruits and more fruits per plant, so some…
Tomato Pan-Genome Makes Bringing Flavor Back Easier

May 14, 2019

Almost everyone agrees that store-bought tomatoes don’t have much flavor. Now, scientists from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS)…
Here’s why you crave tomato juice on a plane

December 31, 2018

I’m writing this seated on a plane heading to San Francisco. We’ve been in the air for under…
New ‘Tomato Expression Atlas’ dives deep into the fruit’s flesh

February 21, 2018

From fried green tomatoes to pizza pie, the world savors the tomato across many stages of ripeness, each…
Diet rich in tomatoes cuts skin cancer in half in mice

July 14, 2017

Daily tomato consumption appeared to cut the development of skin cancer tumors by half in a mouse study…
Scientists develop genetic path to tastier tomatoes

January 30, 2017

Some consumers crave tastier tomatoes than those available at the supermarket. Now, scientists at the University of Florida…
South American fossil tomatillos show nightshades evolved earlier than thought

January 12, 2017

Delicate fossil remains of tomatillos found in Patagonia, Argentina, show that this branch of the economically important family…
New system in tomato’s defense against bacterial speck disease

September 12, 2016

Researchers at the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) and Virginia Tech have discovered a new mechanism in the continual…
Two Approaches to Enhancing Tomato Flavor

May 13, 2016

Two Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Fort Pierce, Florida, have taken different approaches to enhancing the flavor…
Tomato domestication decelerated the circadian clock

November 21, 2015

All organisms, from bacteria to humans, exhibit endogenous rhythms controlled by the circadian clock. These rhythms are important…
Scientist Develops New Cherry Tomato

September 30, 2015

A University of New Hampshire scientist has developed a new cherry tomato designed to be grown in hanging…
Better-tasting grocery store tomatoes could soon be on their way

August 20, 2015

Tomato lovers rejoice: Adding or rearranging a few simple steps in commercial processing could dramatically improve the flavor…
Team pinpoints genes that make plant stem cells, revealing origin of beefsteak tomatoes

May 29, 2015

A team of scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has identified a set of genes that control…
On planes, savory tomato becomes favored flavor

May 13, 2015

Airline passengers who eat meals vary in their ability to taste sweet, sour, bitter and salty flavors. In…
Recipe for Flavorful Tomatoes: Heat Before Chilling

May 10, 2015

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) chemist in Florida has found a way to help tomato producers improve…
Fruitful collaboration yields insight on the tomato genome

February 4, 2015

Plant biologist Julin Maloof met fellow researcher Neelima Sinha while beginning his career at the University of California,…
Infrared-Based Peeling of Tomatoes May Improve Precision, Save Water

January 30, 2015

Peeled tomatoes make a tasty, versatile and time-saving ingredient for hearty winter stews, homemade soups or classic casseroles.…
Getting more out of Nature: genetic toolkit finds new maximum for crop yields

November 5, 2014

Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) today announced a new way to dramatically increase crop yields by…
Researchers uncover tomato’s genetic history

October 15, 2014

Two years after the sequencing of the genome of one variety of tomato, scientists have sequenced the genomes…
Wild genes enhance stress tolerance

October 15, 2014

Solanum pennellii, a wild tomato species endemic to the Andean region in South America, is characterised by its…
Genetic discovery points the way to much bigger yields in tomato, other flowering food plants

December 27, 2013

A mutation in the hormone that controls flowering postpones when a plant stops producing flowers, yielding many more…
Staple of recipe favorites–the tomato–reveals processes that maintain biodiversity

December 6, 2013

Tomatoes are in almost everything we eat, from salad and soup to chili and pizza. For some, tomato-based…
The Search for What Makes a Tasty Tomato

October 29, 2013

Tomatoes are a $2 billion crop in the United States, but a common complaint is that the varieties…
Comparing genomes of wild and domestic tomato

June 27, 2013

You say tomato, I say comparative transcriptomics. Researchers in the U.S., Europe and Japan have produced the first…
Researchers create tomatoes that mimic actions of good cholesterol

March 22, 2013

UCLA researchers have genetically engineered tomatoes to produce a peptide that mimics the actions of good cholesterol when…
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