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French scientists create disease-resistant tomato varieties

| July 24, 2017
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Scientists in France have created two new varieties of tomatoes, with an attractive color, shape, and melt-in-the-mouth taste, and which do not require pesticides to thrive.

Researchers at the Institut National de la Recherche Agroalimentaire (Inra) presented the two new varieties after 10 years of work, in a bid to create tomatoes with a strong flavor and a round and colorful appearance.

The new fruits are also adept at being transported; are resistant to crop diseases, and stay fresh and edible for up to a week when stored at ambient temperatures.

The two as-yet-unnamed varieties, created by Inra lead engineer René Damidaux, do not require pesticides to grow, and are not genetically modified.

The two varieties will now be tested in restaurants, cafes, and snack bars, before being released to the general public.

The two new varieties come five years after Inra released the ‘Garance’ tomato in 2012, which was aimed at organic farmers and amateur gardeners, thanks to its pesticide-resistant qualities.

However, the new fruit could surpass ‘Garance’.

“This tomato is tasty, resistant to illness, and can be transported without deterioration,” stated Damidaux.

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