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2010-01-14 18:27:17

Weizmann Institute scientists unravel the genetic secrets of a pink tomato Far Eastern diners are partial to a variety of sweet, pink-skinned tomato. Dr. Asaph Aharoni of the Weizmann Institute's Plant Sciences Department has now revealed the gene that's responsible for producing these pink tomatoes. Aharoni's research focuses on plants' thin, protective outer layers, called cuticles, which are mainly composed of fatty, wax-like substances. In the familiar red tomato, this layer also contains...

2009-12-31 11:36:00

WARMINSTER, Pa., Dec. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- W. Atlee Burpee & Co., the nation's leading home gardening company, reports brisk sales for its recently launched, New Year's Resolution Garden, an oversized packet of seeds containing different varieties for home gardeners who want to make New Year's resolutions and keep them. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091231/PH31295 ) The giant seedpack contains varieties of vegetables and flowers to help lose weight, exercise more, save...

2009-09-04 10:31:51

An Ohio State University program is teaching tomato farmers in Uganda how to cut their pesticide use in half while improving production, officials said. Farmers in the Integrated Pest Management program get 2.5 times more money for their produce using traditional farming practices taught in the program, Ugandan farmer Matthew Ssekabembe said. The four-year program, also in use in Kenya and Tanzania, was funded by $800,000 from the U.S. Agency for International Development. Farmers in the...

2009-08-26 10:11:06

The H.J. Heinz Co. announced it's curtailing Canadian tomato processing by 30 percent after being arbitrated into paying farmers 30 percent more. The move affects its 100-year-old plant in Leamington, in southwestern Ontario, the company's second largest in the world, the Windsor Star reported. The production will be shifted to a plant in Fremont, Ohio, which will receive tomatoes from California, the company said. Heinz Canada spokeswoman Joan Patterson said no Canadian layoffs are expected...

2009-08-11 04:00:00

APTOS, Calif., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Back to school means busy times for many American families. With team practices, after-school activities, homework and more, hectic schedules can leave both students and their family so pressed for time that having a healthy dinner doesn't always seem like an option. "When the busy school season starts, this is the time when students of all ages need to be making healthy food choices," said Sharon Palmer, RD, a registered dietician. "Kids are faced...

2009-07-17 19:54:30

Major crop loss may result from an explosive fungus that destroys tomato plants and is rampant in the Northeast, federal agriculture officials said Friday. Late blight, a highly contagious fungus, can jump from tomato to potato plants and caused the Irish potato famine in the 19th century. Its spores are common in soil and small outbreaks are familiar to farmers, but the cool, wet weather in June added to the aggression of the pathogen, Martin A. Draper, a senior plant pathologist at the U.S....

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2009-07-03 16:10:00

Stores in several states are removing tomato plants from their shelves as an infectious and destructive plant disease makes its earliest and most widespread appearance ever in the eastern United States.Late blight occurs intermittently in the northeastern U.S., but this year's outbreak is more serious, as rainy weather has hastened the spores' airborne spread and infected plants have been widely distributed by large retail chains.Although the disease, the same one responsible for the 1840s...

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2009-06-01 14:10:00

Experts suggest that a natural supplement made from tomatoes could stave off heart disease and strokes if taken daily, BBC News reported. An active ingredient contained in the tomato pill lycopene, from the Mediterranean diet, blocks "bad" LDL cholesterol that can clog the arteries. The pill, manufactured by a biotechnology spin-out company of Cambridge University, is being launched as a dietary supplement and will be sold under the name Ateronon. However, more trials are needed to see how...

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2009-05-04 08:52:11

Software proves versatile, accurate for measuring fruit shape and size Tomatoes come in a variety of sizes and shapes, making them the perfect subject to test shape-analyzing software. The Tomato Analyzer is "rapidly becoming the standard for fruit morphological characterizations," according to a study led by Marin Talbot Brewer of The Ohio State University's Department of Horticulture and Crop Science. Details of the team's latest Tomato Analyzer research were published in a recent issue of...

2009-04-21 07:33:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tomato products may protect against inflammation. Such were the findings from a recent multi-center, randomized, controlled trial on the effects of processed tomatoes on vasodilatation and C-reactive protein in overweight and obese men and women, presented by one of the study researchers, Rose M Giordano, Ph.D. on April 19, 2009 at the Experimental Biology meeting held in New Orleans, La. (Logo:...


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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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