Biotech Updates

National University of Colombia Scientists Gene-Edited Smallest Tomato in the World

April 17, 2019

The world's smallest tomato has been developed by scientists at the National University of Colombia. Dr. Martha Lucia Orozco, agricultural engineer at the National University of Colombia Headquarters in Palmira said that the material was obtained from a cherry tomato cultivar which has been under study for 10 years.

Dr. Orozco said they used CRISPR technology to induce a mutation in one of the nucleotides of the gene that controls the plant's size. The new variety flowers and grows roots like any other, but on a very small scale, according to Dr. Orozco. She confirmed that it is the world's smallest tomato plant, and smaller than the Micro-Tom variety. It fruits in just two months after planting, has an excellent fruit/leaf ratio, and measures 4cm high by 8cm wide on average, making it suitable for cultivation in space stations.

For more details, read the article in HortiDaily or the original article (written in Spanish) in National University of Colombia website.