Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Building a better tomato   posted by p-ter @ 8/14/2007 02:39:00 PM

Let's hope these guys come up with a better name than Flavr Savr.
We have modified the flavor and aroma of tomatoes by expressing the Ocimum basilicum geraniol synthase gene under the control of the tomato ripening-specific polygalacturonase promoter. A majority of untrained taste panelists preferred the transgenic fruits over controls. Monoterpene accumulation was at the expense of reduced lycopene accumulation. Similar approaches may be applicable for carotenoid-accumulating fruits and flowers of other species.