Chinese Researchers Develop Purple Tomato Rich in Anthocyanins

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 15:30

Chinese researchers could develop purple tomato rich in anthocyanins, a group of antioxidant-boosting pigments that lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

According to the Chinese Academy of Sciences, researchers from the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology under the CAS studied the mechanisms of anthocyanin biosynthesis in Indigo Rose, identified the genes related to the process and generated purple-fleshed tomatoes which accumulate anthocyanins in both the peel and flesh.

Anthocyanins are a group of antioxidant-boosting pigments that also provide the purple, red or blue colors of many fruits and vegetables. Some studies suggest dietary consumption of anthocyanins may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

The research, published in the journal Molecular Plant, provided important target genes for the production of anthocyanin-rich tomatoes. Through unveiling the anthocyanin synthesis mechanism, it also provided new ideas and technical approaches for enhancement of anthocyanin content in crops, according to Li Chuanyou, the leading researcher.

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