Researchers at Tel Aviv University have achieved a groundbreaking feat by cultivating and characterizing tomato varieties with increased water use efficiency, all without compromising yield. Leveraging the CRISPR genetic editing technology, the team managed to grow tomatoes that not only consume less water but also maintain high yield, quality, and taste. The study, led by Prof. Shaul Yalovsky and Dr. Nir Sade from the School of Plant Sciences and Food Security at Tel Aviv University’s Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, involved contributions from a diverse group of researchers, including collaborators from Ben Gurion University and the University of Oregon.
Published in the journal PNAS, the research addresses the pressing need for agricultural crops that thrive with reduced water consumption, given the challenges posed by global warming and dwindling freshwater resources. The study focuses on the intricate relationship between transpiration, where plants release water through their leaves, and the uptake of carbon dioxide, essential for photosynthesis.Continue reading… “CRISPR Technology Unleashes Water-Efficient Tomatoes: A Breakthrough by Tel Aviv University”