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Int’l team including Hebrew U scientists restore flavor to tomatoes


Remember the good old days when tomatoes used to taste like... tomatoes, with a lot of flavor? In pursuit of longer shelf life, enhanced firmness and disease resistance, modern commercial tomatoes have gradually lost it.

After a decade of research, Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers, as part of an international team that included US, Chinese and Spanish scientists, have identified the chemical compounds and the functional genes that give a tomato – Israelis’ favorite salad component – its great taste.

The study, published in the journal Science, has made it possible to produce tomatoes with their good old flavor, alongside other traits ...

Mentions: Agriculture genetics