Gene that Makes Large, Plump Tomatoes Identified

07:41 EDT 21 Aug 2017 | Meridian Institute

A gene variant identified by researchers at the University of Georgia, Athens, United States, is the reason why farmers can grow big, juicy tomatoes. This mutation in a gene called the Cell Size Regulator (CSR) boosts fruit weight by increasing the size of the individual cells of the fleshy part of the tomato. "CSR is required to create the large tomatoes that are needed for the industry. This is because large tomatoes critically raise the profit margins for farmers. The knowledge of the gene will now open up avenues of research into how fruit size can be increased further without negatively impacting other important qualities such as disease resistance and flavor," said Esther van der Knaap, an author of the study that was published in the open-access journal PLOS Genetics.

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