Thursday, May 5, 2016

57 Varieties of Tomato

Image Courtesy of Flickr user adactio and Phys.org.
Image Courtesy of Flickr user adactio and Phys.org.
March 30, 2016.
Roll Roberts, of Phys.org, has summarized a recent studies in his article about the genetic history of tomatoes and how they diverge from their wild varieties. Tomatoes (originally tomatl in Nahuatl) were domesticated in the Americas more than 2500 years ago and now form a $60 billion worldwide industry.

"Assembling transcriptome sequences from 29 plant varieties collected from the west coast of South America, the authors set out to use tomatoes as a case study in how evolution drives the emergence of diverse species. They see evidence that this burgeoning of diversity was fueled by three main sources of variation-"

To read the full articleclick here.

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