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May 23, 2019

Tomato Source

Researchers have created a pan-genome that captures all of the genetic information of 725 closely related wild and cultivated tomatoes. This resource of genetic information promises to help breeders develop more flavorful and sustainable varieties, and perhaps create more disease- and pest-resistant tomatoes. The pan-genome was the work of researchers from Boyce Thompson Institute and Cornell University's School of Integrative Plant Science and was jointly funded by NSF and the European Research Area Network for Coordinating Action in Plant Sciences (ERA-CAPS) Program.

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