Enrichment of tomato flavor by diversion of the early plastidial terpenoid pathway

Rachel Davidovich-Rikanati, Yaron Sitrit, Yaakov Tadmor, Yoko Iijima, Natalya Bilenko, Einat Bar, Bentsi Carmona, Elazar Fallik, Nativ Dudai, James E. Simon, Eran Pichersky, Efraim Lewinsohn

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We have modified the flavor and aroma of tomatoes by expressing the Ocimum basilicum geraniol synthase gene under the control of the tomato ripening-specific polygalacturonase promoter. A majority of untrained taste panelists preferred the transgenic fruits over controls. Monoterpene accumulation was at the expense of reduced lycopene accumulation. Similar approaches may be applicable for carotenoid-accumulating fruits and flowers of other species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)899-901
Number of pages3
JournalNature Biotechnology
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Biomedical Engineering


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