Scientists have identified a tomato gene that's responsible for the softening process in the fruit as it matures, and found a way to inhibit the gene, keeping tomatoes firmer, longer.
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Genes That Keep Tomatoes Fresher
Better Water, Happier Fish
Scientists found that fish raised in reused water faced significantly higher mortality rates that those grown in tanks supplied with fresh spring water.
Plant Diseases Hide Unexpected Places
ARS researchers examined rhododendron plants growing in native stands, looking for microbes that cause diseases that affect other plants.