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And so it begins........ :shk::shk::shk:
But scientists in Delhi believe they have found a solution, or at least part of the solution. Modification of a tomato – but a modification that does not require the introduction of foreign genes – has extended the life of the fruit to up to 45 days. Indeed, the scientists at the National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR) believe they may have produced the world's longest lasting tomato. "We're not adding new genes into tomatoes – the shelf life is increased by silencing two genes that make the fruits go soft," said the institute's senior scientist, Asis Datta. "Think about a normal tomato that can last a maximum of 15 days. This can last for 45 days without any problem. It is good news for the common people."
Originally posted by Grey Magic
If tomatoes are evil, the pickled cucumber is the root of all evil, far more dangerous than the forbidden fruit of knowledge in the garden of Eden.
The leaves, stems, and green unripe fruit of the tomato plant contain small amounts of the poisonous alkaloid tomatine. Tomato leaves in the form of a tea have been linked to at least one death, but the levels of tomatine are generally too small to be dangerous, so foods such as fried green tomatoes are safe to eat. Ripe tomatoes do not contain any detectable tomatine.
When exposed to the acid in tomatoes, the lead in pewter plates leached out. This caused some people to stop eating tomatoes.[unreliable source?]
Tomato plants can be toxic to dogs, if they eat large amounts of the tomato itself, or chew on the plant that grows it.