A gene-edited tomato plant. Image credit: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
Researchers Use CRISPR to Create Compact Tomato Plants
Dec 26, 2019 by News Staff / Source
An international team of scientists has used the CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing technology to restructure vine-like tomato plants into extremely compact, early yielding plants suitable for urban agriculture and even space missions.
The new gene-edited tomato plants look nothing like the long vines you might find growing in a backyard garden or in agricultural fields.
The most notable feature is their bunched, compact fruit. They resemble a bouquet whose roses have been replaced by ripe cherry tomatoes. They also mature quickly, producing ripe fruit that’s ready for harvest in about five weeks.https://dia.so/4bp