30 March 2010. EU-funded researchers have identified a mutation that can make tomatoes tastier and boost yields by up to 60%. The findings, published online in the journal Nature Genetics, could have exciting implications for the agricultural industry.
The aim of this study was to investigate the phenomenon of hybrid vigour, also known as heterosis, which refers to the fact that the offspring of parents that are genetically different tend to be superior (i.e. taller or more productive for example) compared to offspring of genetically similar parents.
Reference: CORDIS 30/03/2010 Scientists reap bumper tomato harvest