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The research is focused on the use of biotechnology to control fruit ripening, specifically in apple and banana crops.
A neighbour has suggested that it could be caused by the fruit ripening.
Because it was backwards, it inhibited production of the fruit ripening enzyme--once they got it back into the tomato.
Since many companies seek to control fruit ripening or floral blooming, this report "is tremendously interesting from a practical and basic perspective," says Harry Klee, a plant molecular biologist at Monsanto Co.
These results suggest new ideas that must be considered if the veil surrounding the mysteries of fruit ripening and softerting is to be lifted," Gross says.