Super tomatoes

A genetically modified super tomato has been created by scientists in India who claim that it can stay fresh for up to one month after normal ones would have rotted away.

This new variety could make a big difference in India, the world’s second largest tomato producer, which loses around 40 per cent of produce because fruit goes off before making it to the shops.

The method, which can be extended to other crops such as bananas and mangoes, involves genetically modifying the natural ripening process.

Dr Asis Datta, of the National Institute of Plant Genome Research in New Delhi, said: “Our strategy allows the achievement of desired texture and firmness and enhancement of shelf life without any ill-effects.”