Farmers Can Grow Big, Juicy Tomatoes As Gene That Makes Large, Plump Tomatoes Has Been Identified.

According to the Materials provided by PLOS, Diversity in tomato fruit weight is explained in part by a mutation in the Cell Size Regulator gene that arose during domestication. Credit: Alexis Ramos and Esther van der Knaap, University of Georgia Athens GA 30602 CC-BY Farmers can grow big, juicy tomatoes thanks to a mutation in the Cell Size Regulator gene that occurred during the tomato domestication process. Esther van der Knaap of the University of Georgia, Athens and colleagues describe this gene variant in a study published in open-access journal…

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Diet rich in tomatoes cuts skin cancer in half in mice

Discovery builds on previous evidence of cancer-prevention benefits Source: Ohio State University Summary: Daily tomato consumption appeared to cut the development of skin cancer tumors by half in a mouse study, report investigators. FULL STORY  A new discovery about the benefits of eating tomatoes builds on previous evidence of cancer-prevention benefits. Credit: © Serhiy Shullye / Fotolia  Daily tomato consumption appeared to cut the development of skin cancer tumors by half in a mouse study at The Ohio State University. The new study of how nutritional interventions can alter the…

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A tomato for everyone: ‘Sunviva’ for the good of all

Plant breeders at the University of Göttingen and Agrecol have launched a joint initiative to protect seeds as common property. Agrecol developed an “Open Source Seed Licence,” which legally protects seeds as commons (ie a natural resource accessible to all members of society) and thus protects them from patenting and similar issues such as “plant variety protection.” The results were published in the journal PLOS Biology. “It is with great concern that we have watched as worldwide access to breeding material is increasingly restricted by private-sector interests. Among other things,…

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How to Grow Tomatoes

Tomato is a vegetable locally produced and highly consumed in Uganda. Almost on a daily basis every person has to eat a tomato in their food. Common Tomato Varieties Grown The choice of a Tomato cultivar is based on fruit quality, adaptability and reliability, susceptibility to diseases and pests. Varieties include: – Rio Grande, Star and many more others It’s advisable to go for a hybrid seed for commercial farmers since these seeds are high yielding, resistant and produce durable fruits. Tomato Growing Requirements Tomatoes give good results when grown…

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PLANTING, GROWING, AND HARVESTING TOMATOES

GROWING TOMATOES Tomato plants are susceptible to pests and diseases so proper plant care is important. ARE TOMATOES A FRUIT OR A VEGETABLE? I’m sharing a few bits of tomato trivia and a number of gardening tips for big, healthy harvest. In 1893, the United States Supreme Court ruled that since tomatoes are most often served during the main part of the meal, either alone or with vegetables that tomatoes must be vegetables. Tomatoes are really fruits biologically speaking, but either way they are delicious! The first wild tomatoes found by explorers in Mexico were yellow and small.  Red, pink, black,…

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THE BASICS OF PLANTING AND GROWING A VEGETABLE GARDEN

VEGETABLE GARDENING FOR BEGINNERS Whether you’re a 0beginner with a single pot or an old hand planting an entire plot, This Vegetable Gardening Guide will help you to plan and grow your tastiest vegetables ever. VEGETABLE GARDENING FOR BEGINNERS Why garden, you ask? If you’ve never tasted garden-fresh vegetables (lots of people haven’t!), you will be amazed by the sweet, juicy flavors and vibrant textures. There’s absolutely nothing quite like fresh veggies, especially if you grow them yourself—which you can! In this guide, the basics of vegetable gardening and planning: how to pick the right site for…

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16 Hidden Health Benefits of Tomato Seeds

As an important part of almost all dishes, tomatoes provide many health benefits in addition to their flavoring function. In addition to the health benefits you can get from the fruit, tomato seeds also provide some health benefits. Nutritional content of tomato seeds The reason tomato seeds have health benefits because of the nutritional content of tomato seeds such as minerals, vitamins and other complex nutrients that have the benefits and potential to treat and prevent some diseases that are harmful to the body. If you previously only eat tomatoes,…

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Sowing Guide for Different kind of Crops

 Every crop farmer must be aware of the specie he/she wants to cultivate, the average number of seeds, the quantity for sowing per hectare and the crop density (Number of plants per hectare). This will help the farmer understand what his or her expectations are from the crops to be planted. Below is a comprehensive sowing guide for different types of crops according to their specie, average number of seeds (grams), quantity required for sowing (in kilogram) and the crop density i.e. number of required plants per hectare. Species Average…

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Reductions in individual plant growth sometimes boost community resilience

Tomato plants produce repellent chemicals called volatile organic compounds in response to herbivore attacks. (Stock image) Credit: © slavomir pancevac / Fotolia In sports, sometimes a player has to take one for the team. The same appears to be true in the plant world, where reduced individual growth can benefit the broader community. The findings from the University of Michigan’s Paul Glaum and André Kessler of Cornell University help explain the persistence of some plant communities when theory predicts they should go extinct. The work is scheduled for publication Dec.…

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Tomatoes with enhanced antioxidant properties created with genetic engineering

(from left) Dr Wang Mingfu, Professor Chye Mee-len and Dr Liao Pan show tubes containing carotenoid extracts from S359A tomato fruits and the control. Credit: The University of Hong Kong Story Source: Materials provided by The University of Hong Kong. The School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, the University of Hong Kong (HKU), in collaboration with the Institut de Biologie Moléculaire des Plantes (CNRS, Strasbourg, France), has identified a new strategy to simultaneously enhance health-promoting vitamin E by ~6-fold and double both provitamin A and lycopene contents in tomatoes,…

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