Tomato plant with modulated fruit ripening
This present invention relates to a transcription factor, tomato APRR2 or tomato APRR2-like which are involved in the modulation of fruit ripening in the family Solanaceae. Tomato plants which overexpress such a gene have been shown to display enhanced fruit ripening properties whereas tomato plants which have down-regulated levels of the gene display slower ripening properties.
Application of this gene or its homologues across different Solanaceae plants is possible, either using a transgenic approach, by classical breeding or new breeding technologies.
This invention describes a transcription factor gene that plays a key role in Solanaceae fruit ripening. Plants overexpressing the gene have fruits with deeper pigmentation and ripen more rapidly than controls.
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