Saturday, 16 May 2009

Tomato meant for space, revolutionizes earth agriculture

Tomatoes are now being genetically altered to incorporate "super vegetable" traits. Mariya Khodakovskaya, a researcher at the North Carolina State University created a genetically altered tomato seed keeping in mind the harsh environment of space. The seeds were flown out to the International Space Station in August 2007. The seeds successfully germinated but the plants died soon after as they could not stand the extreme conditions put under in space.

Here is the revolutionary bit, the same seeds planted on Earth were found to be extremely successful in adverse growing conditions. These conditions include the killer of all plants, draught. Plants produced from these genetically altered seeds were capable of withstanding severe draughts that would otherwise kill majority of plants.
In addition to the withstanding capabilities, the founding researcher has taken it a step further, modifying the seed so it contains a high level of lycopene, an antioxidant. Scientists believe antioxidants are important in preventing cancer and other chronic diseases. Therefore, another superpower successfully added to the tomato, putting it definitely on the road to revolutionary agriculture.
All that remains for this unique super tomotos to hit the vegetable markets close to you is a patent for the technology and the researcher admits, she does need to work on the tasting feature of the fruit.
So there you go, before you know we all will be having a selection of vegetables that each allow various super vegetable powers according to our liking!

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