Biotech Updates

Bioversity Int'l Releases Descriptors for Tree Tomato and its Wild Relatives

January 23, 2013

Bioversity International has produced a publication that contains descriptors for tree tomatoes and its wild relatives. The tree tomato or tamarillo (Solanum betaceum Cav.) is a neglected Andean crop which is quite popular in local markets of South America especially for being consumed in juices and as a fresh fruit. The said descriptor list provides an international format and thereby produces a universally understood ‘language' for plant genetic resources data. The said publication by Bioversity is expected to contribute to studies focusing on the analysis of genetic diversity, germplasm management, the definition of new varieties, and the search for markers of agronomic traits for crop management and improvement, besides being aimed at the common goal of enhancing the use and conservation of plant genetic resources.

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