Prospect of better-tasting, healthier, longer-lasting tomatoes raised by team at John Innes Centre.
Research on GM tomatoes offers the prospect of fruit that are better-tasting, healthier and longer-lasting via conventional breeding, according to a team at the John Innes Centre.
In a paper to be published in Current Biology, researchers found that purple tomatoes genetically modified to increase levels of anthocyanin - a natural pigment that confers high antioxidant capacity - boasted a shelf life of 48 days, which is more than double the industry average of 21 days.
John Innes Centre scientists will participate in new €2 million EU-funded research to programme more "intelligent" and adaptable robot swarms.The collaborative research will also be useful for improving other complex systems that can be challenged by their environment, such as smart phone networks.
"Plants achieve exquisite organisation and spatially-controlled division of labour," said Dr Veronica Grieneisen from the John Innes Centre."They form complex patterns and deal with conflict or damage by acting locally but for the benefit of the whole."
Tomatoes, believed to be the most popular fruit in the world, could be made to taste better and have a longer shelf life.Professor Cathie Martin from the John Innes Centre and her colleagues researched tomatoes enriched in anthocyanin, a natural...
"Through collaborations with colleagues from both industry (Unilever and Dalgety, a company no longer in existence) and plant biochemists at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, I also examined how the molecular structure of starch affects its use during the processing of food."
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Velcourt is examining "genetic light harvesting" for wheat, which demonstrates (non-GM) work carried out at the John Innes Centre to introduce a wild wheat trait that re-arranges the leaf wax when introduced to commercial lines. The resulting plants absorb more light.