Study finds new way in which plants control flower production
The timing of flowering in plants is critical. It can have profound effects on flower, fruit, and seed production, and consequently agricultural yields. This process is known to depend on daylight and temperature ...
Tomato genome fully sequenced
For the first time, the genome of the tomato, Solanum lycopersicum, has been decoded, and it becomes an important step toward improving yield, nutrition, disease resistance, taste and color of the tomato and ...
Genome sequencing reveals what puts the 'heat' in hot peppers
(Phys.org) —The genome of the hot pepper, the world's most widely grown spice crop, has been sequenced by a large international team of researchers, including scientists at the University of California, ...
Genetic discovery points the way to much bigger yields in tomato, other flowering food plants
Every gardener knows the look of a ripe tomato. That bright red color, that warm earthy smell, and the sweet juicy flavor are hard to resist. But commercial tomato plants have a very different look from the ...
Microbes help beetles defeat plant defenses
Some symbiotic bacteria living inside Colorado potato beetles can trick plants into reacting to a microbial attack rather than that of a chewing herbivore, according to a team of Penn State researchers who ...
Light gene boosts tomato yields by a fifth
Scientists on Tuesday said they had found a gene in wild tomatoes that enables farmed tomato plants to be grown 24 hours a day under natural and artificial light, boosting yields by up to 20 percent.
New gene could lead to better bug-resistant plants
(Phys.org)—The discovery of a new gene could lead to better bug-resistant plants.
Infested tomatoes provide defensive weapons for healthy neighbors
Ford and Heinz explore potential of repurposed tomato parts
Comparing genomes of wild and domestic tomato
You say tomato, I say comparative transcriptomics. Researchers in the U.S., Europe and Japan have produced the first comparison of both the DNA sequences and which genes are active, or being transcribed, ...
I, robot -- and gardener: MIT droids tend plants
(AP) -- These gardeners would have green thumbs - if they had thumbs.
Discovery may lead to new tomato varieties with vintage flavor and quality
A new discovery could make more tomatoes taste like heirlooms, reports an international research team headed by a University of California, Davis, plant scientist.
Prey pay a steep price to elude predators
(Phys.org) -- When the threat of predators lurks, prey often eat less to avoid being out in the open and vulnerable to attack.
Robotic gardening: MIT course creates robot-tending tomatoes
(PhysOrg.com) -- In the middle of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) sits a platform of fake grass with tomato plants nestled in terra cotta pots, growing under the light of an ...