A new tomato gene that ‘paves the way for future fruits’

In a scientific breakthrough,scientists have discovered a gene in tomatoes which they claim can be “knocked-out” to produce sweeter fruits and vegetables of the future.

University of Newcastle led an international team to identify INVINH1 that plays a role in limiting sugar delivery to the plant. If INVINH1 is prevented from expressing itself, more sugar could then be delivered to specific parts of plants, including seeds and fruit.

And,according to the scientists,when applied to other fruits and vegetables,the technology can increase crop seed yield,fruit quality,and lengthen shelf life,’The Plant Cell’ journal reported.

Professor Yong Lin Ruan, lead scientist, stated that the discovery was due in part to the need for long-term food security.

“With predictions the global population may double over the next 50 years,scientists are concerned about the pressure on the world’s natural resources.

“Faced with the impact of climate change and population increases on food supply,our research is helping to meet the challenge of how to sustain and improve crop yield and quality.

“The break through is an exciting development. It is this kind of research we hope will lead to improved crops that could help feed and clothe millions of people in a time of climate crisis,” he said.

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