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Nat Biotechnol. 2007 Aug;25(8):899-901. Epub 2007 Jun 24.

Enrichment of tomato flavor by diversion of the early plastidial terpenoid pathway.

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  • 1Department of Vegetable Crops, Newe Ya'ar Research Center, Agricultural Research Organization, PO Box 1021, Ramat Yishay, 30095 Israel.

Abstract

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.

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17592476
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