WILL SCIENCE BRING BACK TOMATOES’ TASTE?

A team of US scientists led by horticulture professor Harry Klee might have figured out how to produce tastier supermarket tomatoes. As their fresh flavour has been lost due to 50 years of breeding, Klee and his team want to “push them back to where they were a century ago, taste-wise.”

The researchers were able to identify which version of a tomato’s DNA gives it its good flavour, and they think they could create a new flavour-rich plant in about three to five years of breeding. They have decided not to genetically modify the tomatoes directly, even though it would be quicker.