31 July 2001
GM tomato thrives on salt

By FWi staff

SCIENTISTS have unveiled a genetically modified tomato plant which thrives in salty water, reports The Daily Telegraph.

The newspaper says the plant, the first truly salt-tolerant crop, offers hope that other GM crops can grow in areas with salty irrigation water and salt damaged soils.

Plant biologists at the University of California and Toronto University introduced a single gene which encodes a protein which pumps out excess salt.

The salt-tolerant tomato will be described in the August issue of the journal Nature Biotechnology.

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