More Tomatoes, faster: Van Eck accelerates Tomato Engineering
Tomatoes are already an ideal model species for plant research, but scientists at the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) just made them even more useful by cutting the time required to modify their genes by six weeks.
While looking for ways to make tomatoes and other crop plants more productive, BTI Assistant Professor Joyce Van Eck and former postdoctoral scientist Sarika Gupta developed a better method for “transforming” a tomato – a process that involves inserting DNA into the tomato genome and growing a new plant. By adding the plant hormone auxin to the medium that supports the growth of the cells, they can speed up the plant’s growth, ultimately accelerating the pace of their research. They describe this advance in a study published in Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture.
Photo: A Van Eck lab member transfers tomato plantlets from a plate of regeneration medium. (Image by Sheryl Sinkow) https://adalidda.net/posts/cQGQstEH8XXzoKCvY/more-tomatoes-faster-van-eck-accelerates-tomato-engineering