Unveiling the tomato’s evolution

Unveiling the tomato’s evolution

Credit: University of Georgia/Alexis Ramos

From wild, blueberry-like fruit to the large domesticated tomatoes that people enjoy today, the evolution of one of the world’s most popular crops has been somewhat of an enigma until now.

Piecing together gaps in its history, a new genetic study suggests the modern tomato is more likely related to weed-like fruit in Mexico than to semi-domesticated versions in South America as commonly thought.


Published by Cosmos.

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