The tomato genome sequence provides insights into fleshy fruit evolution.

Nature. 2012 May 30;485(7400):635-41. doi: 10.1038

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The Tomato Genome Consortium

Nature. 2012 May 30;485(7400):635-41. doi: 10.1038


A group of over 300 scientists from 14 countries has sequenced the genomes of the domesticated tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) and its wild ancestor, Solanum pimpinellifolium. This achievement, by The Tomato Genome Consortium (TGC), will help breeders to identify important tomato genes allowing them to deliver new varieties more quickly and efficiently. The results of the sequencing projects are reported in Nature (Nature. 2012 May 30;485(7400):635-641. doi: 10.1038).
The genomes will help breeders to deliver tomatoes with beneficial traits like improved taste and higher concentrations of nutrients, like lycopene, which are believed to have health benefits. Having the genome sequence could also lower costs by helping us develop tomatoes that are better equipped to combat the pathogens, droughts and diseases that plague growers. Developing better tomatoes will help to ensure global food security.