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2008-05-12 13:25:00

Researchers are trying to understand which genetic changes have caused tomatoes to become almost 1,000 times larger than their wild ancestors.Steven Tanksley, plant geneticist at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, is trying to determine what allowed humans to change wild tomatoes into modern varieties like the beefsteak tomato, which can weigh a pound or more."The cherry tomato would be considered very large compared to what is found in the wild," Tanksley said."Humans began...

2008-04-29 14:00:00

British researchers report that tomatoes may protect skin from harmful UV rays that can lead to premature ageing and skin cancer. The study found consuming just five tablespoons of tomato paste per day was enough to provide the benefit, and suggests that lycopene is the source of the protection.The study, conducted by researchers at the universities of Manchester and Newcastle, was presented at the British Society for Investigative Dermatology.Previous research has linked lycopene, a...

2007-12-30 09:00:16

Question I have a potted Meyer lemon that is 30 years old. It was an air layer done by my late father. It came from Florida but has lived in Norfolk 30 years. It is on a deck with south exposure and is covered during foul weather. We bring it inside during a hard freeze. My mother recently passed away, and I am guardian of the lemon. It is in a 23-inch-diameter pot and has not been repotted for 15 years. It bears fruit often and usually an impressive amount . Right now it has a very few...

2007-08-02 06:15:00

By Turner, Lisa Simplify your life-and boost your health-with these basic foods that really work You can nibble on goji berries, whip up noni juice smoothies and stock your shelves with antioxidants. But if you're looking for what really works for optimal health and disease prevention, the best approach is to focus on foods that are rich in disease-fighting phytochemicals. "Basic foods that have proven health benefits are what we want to emphasize." says Steven Pratt, MD, author of...

2007-05-22 19:26:09

SACRAMENTO -- An insect-borne virus that has killed tomato plants across Central America, Florida and Georgia has been detected in California for the first time. The virus, known as tomato yellow leaf curl, devastated crops in the Dominican Republican and in Mexico, forcing those countries to curtail the growing season to contain the spread of the disease. Tomatoes are California's eighth largest crop. The state supplies the vast majority of the nation's processed tomatoes - 95 percent,...

2006-02-10 06:30:00

WASHINGTON -- That fresh grassy smell wafting up from the newly sliced tomato may be its way of saying "I'm good for you." Indeed, the odors from foods ranging from garlic and onions to ginger and strawberries may be nutritional signals that the human nose has learned to recognize. "Studies of flavor preferences and aversions suggest that flavor perception may be linked to the nutritional or health value" of foods, researchers Stephen A. Goff and Harry J. Klee report in Friday's issue of the...

2006-01-11 12:25:00

By Amy Norton NEW YORK -- A dietary supplement derived from tomatoes may help treat moderately elevated blood pressure, the results of a small study suggest. Researchers in Israel found that a daily dose of tomato extract helped lower blood pressure among 31 men and women with mild hypertension. On average, their systolic pressure --the top number in a blood-pressure reading --dropped 10 points, while their diastolic pressure, or bottom number, dipped four points, both statistically...

2006-01-10 07:18:20

50% mixture prevented emphysema in mouse study, Japanese researchers say Tomato juice prevented emphysema in mice exposed to cigarette smoke, a known cause of the lung-destroying disease, Japanese researchers report. They attributed the protective effect to lycopene, an antioxidant with a somewhat checkered history as a supplement to protect against various diseases. The Japanese report, in the February issue of the American Journal of Physiology-Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology,...

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Flavr Savr
2013-10-03 09:43:32

Flavr Savr, also known as CGN-89564, a genetically modified tomato, was the first commercially grown genetically engineered food to be granted a license for human consumption. It was produced by the Californian company Calgene, and submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1992. On May 18, 1994, the FDA completed its evaluation of the Flavr Savr tomato and the usage of APH(3’)II, concluding that the tomato “is as safe as tomatoes bred by conventional means” and “that the...

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