Scientists discover how tomato ripening can be slowed down and sped up

Scientists have found that knocking out a single gene can affect the rate of ripening of tomatoes

With the global population continuing to increase and arable land continuing to shrink, there is an urgent need to improve the efficiency of food production, and a new technology developed at the University of Oxford could offer a helping hand. Scientists there have come up with a way to control the speed at which tomatoes ripen by modifying a specific gene, which could not only help reduce wastage and boost yields of these fleshy fruits, but possibly other crop varieties, too.

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