National University of Colombia Scientists Gene-Edited Smallest Tomato in the World
The world's smallest tomato has been developed by scientists at the National
University of Colombo. 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.