Video: Fine-tuning beneficial mutations breeds higher yielding tomatoes

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Unexpected interactions between mutations can be a thorn in the side for plant breeders, especially when they’re trying to promote certain traits, but scientists are getting better at predicting them.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Professor Zachary Lippman and his team have discovered what drove the infamous “cryptic” mutation in Campbell Soup tomatoes in the mid 20th century that made them both easy to mass-harvest as well as branch out of control ….

Original video: Two beneficial plant traits don’t always play well together

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