Purple tomatoes make the case for more funding, say growers

Scientists, who used genes from snapdragons to grow purple tomatoes that can fight cancer and obesity, have made the case for more funding, say growers.

John Innes Centre said the health-protecting anthocyanins were the same natural pigments as those in blackberry, cranberry and chokeberry.

Scientists wanted to increase health-promoting qualities of commonly eaten fruits and vegetables, said the centre, which did not say when seeds would become available.

"Most people do not eat five portions of fruits and vegetables a day," said Professor Cathie Martin, principal investigator at the John Innes Centre.

"But they can get more benefit from those they do eat if common fruit and veg can be developed that are higher in bioactive compounds."


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